Rich discussions during the 8th gender mainstreaming training for Council of Europe Gender Equality Rapporteurs

30/11/2022 Strasbourg

On 29-30 December, the Council of Europe Gender Equality Division organised its annual training session for Gender Equality Rapporteurs (GERs) entitled “Ambassadors for Change: Training Course on Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming” at the European Youth Centre in Strasbourg. 16 GERs...

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Statement by Committee of Ministers Chair, Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs

25/11/2022 Strasbourg

“On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, I reaffirm Iceland’s steadfast commitment to gender equality and the protection of the hard-earned progress concerning the human rights of women and girls. Together, we must combat all forms of violence against women and...

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New report assessing the alignment of measures on violence against women in Kosovo* with the Istanbul Convention

24/11/2022 Pristina

Today, an assessment report on the alignment of laws, policies and measures in Kosovo* with the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) was published. Forming part of the Council of Europe co-operation project...

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Multi-agency cooperation in Azerbaijan

22/11/2022 Baku

Over the course of two days, on 3 and 4 November 2022, 15 participants were provided with essential tools to draft a multi-agency cooperation plan for combating violence against women and domestic violence. These sessions follow the two initial sessions that took place in October. Participants...

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Impact of COVID 19 on women’s access to justice: what are the next steps?

17/11/22 Strasbourg

What can states do to address persistent and emerging challenges and barriers women face when accessing justice? How can the Covid-19 pandemic incentivise legal professionals in the national justice systems to rethink and reshape national approaches to access to justice and gender equality? ...

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Gender Equality Commission meeting, 16-18 November 2022

16 /11/2022

The Gender Equality Commission (GEC) will hold its 22nd plenary meeting in Strasbourg, from 16 to 18 November. On the policy development agenda, GEC members will discuss Draft Guidelines on the place of men and boys in gender equality policies and in policies to combat violence against women....

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The digital dimension of violence against women in the Republic of Moldova

09/11/2022 Chisinau

On 8 November 2022, the Council of Europe held a seminar on the digital dimension of violence against women. This event, which was moderated by La Strada Moldova, gathered key stakeholders including national authorities, civil society, and the private sector to identify steps to target online...

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"We stand by our women and girls": The Republic of Moldova hosts international conference on violence against women and domestic violence

08/11/2022 Chisinau

The Council of Europe participated in the second edition of the International Conference on preventing and combating violence against women and girls and domestic violence hosted by the Republic of Moldova from 25 to 27 October 2022: “We stand by our women and girls!”. Participants, both in...

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Ukrainian civil society organisations provide vital support to women during war

07/11/2022 Kyiv

Projects by four Ukrainian civil society organisations have been successfully completed in October 2022, focused on protecting and promoting women’s human rights during the war in Ukraine, with financial support from the Council of Europe. The Ukrainian women lawyers’ association “JurFem”...

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The Istanbul Convention entered into force on 1 November in Ukraine

01/11/2022 Kyiv

Congratulations Ukraine! The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) entered into force on 1 November 2022, after approval by the Ukrainian Parliament on 20 June 2022 and ratification on 18 July 2022. 37 countries...

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The Newsletter No 7 has just been issued!

28/10/22 Strasbourg

This newsletter covers our activities relating to the following objectives of the Council of Europe’s Gender Equality Strategy for the period June to October 2022. Newsletter No 7 Subscribe to our newsletter

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Communication and advocacy campaigns on the Istanbul Convention: Results of the call for projects for civil society organisations

27/10/2022 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe project “Ending violence against women: multi-country programme” has finalised a call for proposals for civil society organisations (CSOs) with expertise and experience in combating violence against women and domestic violence to support awareness-raising and advocacy...

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Armenian Police officers trained on combating violence against women and domestic violence

25/10/2022 Yerevan

The series of trainings of the specialised division of preventing juvenile crimes and domestic violence of the police of Armenia continued in October 2022 in Tsaghkadzor. A group of 50 police officers improved their knowledge on combating violence against women and domestic violence. A total of...

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In the shoes of Armenian police officers: a uniform for victims of domestic violence to rely upon

25/10/2022 Yerevan

As first-responders to domestic violence calls, police officers occupy a unique position to lead the response of criminal justice to domestic violence and violence against women. It is therefore useful to consider the perspectives of police officers themselves. The perceptions of police officers...

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Improving the gender perspective in measuring and monitoring access to justice in Türkiye

25/10/2022 Ankara

“Adopting a gender-sensitive approach when measuring and monitoring access to justice highlights the challenges that women and girls face in accessing justice and paves the way towards developing justice policies and practices that address the needs and rights of women.” This was one of the main...

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Aligning Azerbaijani laws and policies with international standards on violence against women and domestic violence

25/10/2022 Baku

The project Raising awareness of the Istanbul Convention and other gender equality standards in Azerbaijan has coordinated a gap analysis of the legislative and policy frameworks in the field of violence against women and domestic violence in Azerbaijan by comparing them with international...

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Five steps to ensure women’s access to justice

06/10/2022 Online

Do you know how access to justice is linked to combating violence against women and sexism? Do you want to understand how the Covid-19 pandemic can offer an opportunity to radically rethink and reshape national approaches to access to justice and gender equality? Do you want to know how legal...

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European ministers adopt “Dublin Declaration” on preventing violence through equality

03/10/2022 Strasbourg

Thirty-eight member states have backed a “Dublin Declaration” pledging a series of steps to promote gender equality in order to help prevent domestic, sexual and gender-based violence. The declaration is inspired by the Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention on violence against women, and...

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Easy-to-read version of the Istanbul Convention now available in Ukrainian

Strasbourg 23/09/2022

Over the course of Covid-19 pandemic, many governments imposed strict restrictions on freedom of movement, which proved to be effective in reducing the spread of the pandemic and saving lives. However, many women and girls have suffered as a result of the confinement measures, which have also...

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Civil society organisations start activities to increase awareness on women’s access to justice in Türkiye

22/09/2022 Ankara

Four civil society organisations (CSOs) kicked off their activities targeting women and legal professionals in Türkiye to increase awareness and legal literacy among women. Their activities intend to empower women to claim their rights and to develop networks and capacities of legal professions...

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