Step up your knowledge of gender equality this International Women’s Day!

05/03/2024 Strasbourg

On International Women’s Day this year, the Council of Europe is launching a new online training course on gender equality and gender mainstreaming. This practical course aims to provide fundamental knowledge of gender equality and gender mainstreaming issues for Council of Europe experts as...

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Launch of Council of Europe project to promote gender equality in Ukraine

29/02/2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe project “Promoting gender equality in Ukraine” (Pro-GE) was launched through its first Steering Committee meeting on 22 February 2024. Representatives from the Ukrainian government, international organisations, civil society organisations and the Council of Europe joined...

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Sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe: a mixed picture of progress and challenges calls for robust action and commitmen

28/02/2024 Strasbourg

“Charting the progress made towards the full enjoyment of sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe paints a mixed picture. We can rejoice at notable achievements, but pervasive challenges and deficits as well as new retrogressive developments point to the need for member states to take...

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Call for tender – Purchase of national consultancy services in the area of gender equality and gender mainstreaming

26/02/2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe project “Promoting Gender Equality in Ukraine (Pro-GE)” (hereinafter “the Project”), implemented within the Action Plan for Ukraine for 2023-2026, is seeking providers for the procurement of national consultancy (intellectual) services in the area of gender equality and...

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Moldovan Parliament initiates legislative discussions to combat digital violence against women

23/02/2024 Chisinau, Moldova

On 13 February 2024, Doina Gherman, the Deputy Chairperson of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, initiated a public discussion aimed at addressing the digital violence against women. Supported by the Council of Europe and the UNFPA Moldova, the event marked a significant step forward in...

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Moldovan law enforcement more capable to combat digital violence against women

22/02/2024 Strasbourg

On 14-16 February 2024, the Council of Europe organised a three-day workshop in Chisinau aimed at building the capacity of law enforcement officials and judges in the Republic of Moldova to address digital violence against women. With perfect balance of 22 women and 21 men, the event was attended...

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The Committee of Experts on Artificial Intelligence, Equality and Discrimination held its first meeting

22/02/2024 Strasbourg

The Committee of Experts on Artificial Intelligence, Equality and Discrimination (GEC/ADI-AI) held its first plenary meeting on 20-21 February in Strasbourg. At this first meeting which marked the beginning of this significant work, members, participants, and observers to the GEC/ADI-AI discussed...

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New national studies on women's access to justice in the Eastern Partnership countries available

21/02/2024 Strasbourg

Policy-makers, judges, prosecutors, legal professionals, as well as representatives of academia and civil society can now benefit from updated national studies “Barriers, remedies and good practices on women’s access to justice” for Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine. The...

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Call for tender – Purchase of services on videography, photography, filming and graphic design for the project activities

20/02/2 Kyiv, Ukraine

The Council of Europe project “Promoting Gender Equality in Ukraine” (Pro-GE) (hereinafter “the Project”), implemented within the Action Plan for Ukraine for 2023-2026, is looking for providers for the procurement of services on videography, photography, filming and graphic design for the project...

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The Committee of Experts on Artificial Intelligence, Equality and Discrimination holds its first meeting

19/02/2024 Strasbourg

The Committee of Experts on Artificial Intelligence, Equality and Discrimination (GEC/ADI-AI) will hold its first plenary meeting on 20-21 February in Strasbourg. GEC/ADI-AI is a subordinate body to both the Gender Equality Commission (GEC) and the Steering Committee on Anti-discrimination,...

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Breaking barriers for Roma women’s access to justice – a new SYNERGY network handbook

01/02/2024 Strasbourg

Violence against women is a pressing global issue. The rights of all women to be free from violence transcends geographical, cultural, and social boundaries. Women in all their diversity are entitled to the full enjoyment of their human rights. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and...

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Increasing knowledge of university students on gender-sensitive legal services

29/01/2024 Türkiye

The joint European Union and Council of Europe action "Fostering women's access to justice in Türkiye" carried out collaborative meetings in Ankara between 22 – 25 January with the Faculties of Law, Economics, Administrative Sciences and Social Sciences at Ankara University, Atılım University,...

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Implementing the Istanbul Convention 1 year after its ratification by Ukraine

25/01/2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, better known as the Istanbul Convention, came into force for Ukraine on 1 November 2022. To mark the 1st anniversary of this significant milestone, the Council of Europe published a series...

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Programme for treatment of perpetrators of violence against women in Kosovo*

24/01/2024 Pristina

The Council of Europe project “Aligning laws and policies with the Istanbul Convention in Kosovo*” supported the Ministry of Justice with the development of the programme for treatment of perpetrators of violence against women. The Programme provides a victim-centered, gender responsive approach...

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Co-operation projects highlights in 2023: Making gender equality a reality for all

23/01/2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe has compiled key achievements of its co-operation projects with beneficiary countries. From trainings of professionals, to new policy frameworks that enshrine international standards and best practices, 2023 has been a year of progress and renewed commitment towards...

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The significance of terminology: GBV or VAW?

19/01/2024 Strasbourg

The Istanbul Convention is the most far reaching human rights instrument addressing violence against women and domestic violence. The treaty defines many forms of gender-based violence against women and it aims to prevent and combat these forms of violence across Europe and beyond. As Ukraine...

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SYNERGY Network Conference in Slovakia: Advancing the Fight Against Violence against Women

18/01/2024 Strasbourg

In December 2023, Slovakia hosted the SYNERGY Conference, "Support for services to victims of domestic and gender-based violence - finding the way to the results and addressing sexual violence", focused on supporting victims of domestic and gender-based violence, with a particular emphasis on...

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Gender analysis in earthquake areas now available online

17/01/2024 Türkiye

Following the earthquakes in February 2023, the joint European Union and Council of Europe action “Fostering women’s access to justice in Türkiye” carried out a gender analysis to identify emerging needs in access to justice to women and girl victims of the earthquake from a gendered perspective...

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The Council of Europe supports the Republic of Moldova in implementing recommendations from the GREVIO

21/12/2023 Chisinau, Moldova

On 21 December, the Council of Europe's Office in Chișinău hosted an event to present the GREVIO evaluation report to the Republic of Moldova. On that occasion, Moldovan authorities and other actors reaffirmed their dedication to eradicating gender-based violence and upholding women's rights. The...

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Raising awareness on combating violence against women among law-enforcement officials and judges in Azerbaijan

20/12/2023 Baku, Azerbaijan

On 13-14 December 2023, in Baku, twenty police officers, thirteen judges and nine representatives of local executive authorities participated in two sessions on international standards for combating violence against women and domestic violence especially looking at protection orders for victims....

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