Women in power: Major inequalities remain across Europe

17 October 2017 Strasbourg

European countries are still struggling to achieve gender balance in public decision-making, according to a new report from the Council of Europe. The report looks at progress made by 46 countries towards the goal set by the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers in 2003 of having at least...

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Important new reports on gender equality

13 October 2017 Strasbourg

New report on gender equality from the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development – OECD The OECD has published the report The Pursuit of Gender Equality: An Uphill Battle with the overall conclusion that countries need to do much more to close gender gaps worldwide, as gender gaps...

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Women and Local Government

26-27 September 2017 Tunis

In the framework of the co-operation initiated between Tunisia and the Council of Europe to “Promote and consolidate women’s rights through adaptation of the legislative framework and the increasing of their participation in public and political life, particularly in decision-making spheres”, the...

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Gender Equality Index 2017: Measuring gender equality in the European Union 2005-2015

11 October 2017 Strasbourg

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) released the its 3rd edition of the Gender Equality Index during a conference in Brussels today. The Index assesses progress achieved towards gender equality in the European Union (EU) and by its Member States over time (2005, 2010, 2012 and...

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CEPEJ-STAT: Specific dashboard on gender equality in courts and prosecution services

11 October 2017 Strasbourg

The statistical database of the European Commission for the Efficiency of Justice (CEPEJ-STAT) of the Council of Europe now allows the easy consultation of main trends concerning the distribution of women and men within judicial institutions in different countries via a specific dashboard on...

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Training seminars on women’s access to justice took place in Belarus for judges and prosecutors

3 October 2017 Strasbourg

Training seminars on women’s access to justice took place in Belarus for judges and prosecutors After joining the Project “Improving Women’s Access to Justice in the Six Eastern Partnership Countries” (under the European Union and the Council of Europe Partnership for Good Governance) in 2017,...

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The Council of Europe adopts a new instrument to improve gender equality in the audiovisual sector

27 September 2017 Strasbourg

Today, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2017)9 on gender equality in the audiovisual sector. The Recommendation aims at including a gender equality perspective in all branches and activities of the audiovisual sector to respond to issues such as...

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Publication of the first two evaluation reports adopted by GREVIO (concerning Austria and Monaco)

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The Council of Europe published today the first two evaluation reports on the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence in Austria and Monaco, prepared and adopted by the Group of Experts on Action against Violence...

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UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) adopts a new General Recommendation on gender-based violence against women

8 September 2017 Strasbourg

The CEDAW Committee has adopted General Recommendation No. 35 “on gender-based violence against women, updating general recommendation No. 19”. The recommendation complements and updates the guidance to States parties set out in general recommendation No. 19. The CEDAW Committee “regards...

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New publication on Article 52 of the Istanbul Convention

After the in-depth analysis of articles 11 (ensuring data collection and research on violence against women and domestic violence), 12 (preventing violence against women), 13 (raising awareness of violence against women), 16 (domestic and sexual violence perpetrator programmes) and 17...

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Women in Leadership Publication

22 August 2017 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe work in the area of equality features in the summer/autumn edition of Women in Leadership Publication. This issue focuses on equality for all, inclusion and the achievement of UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To read the full issue please click here.

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The European Court of Human Rights finds sex and age discrimination in the compensation awarded to a 50-year-old woman for a medical error

25 July 2017

In its judgment of 25 July 2017 (case Carvalho Pinto de Sousa Morais v. Portugal), the Court found that the applicant’s age and sex appeared to have been decisive factors in the Portuguese courts’ final decision on the compensation awarded for a medical error during a surgical procedure. The...

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The 15 complaints for alleged violation of equal pay for women and men have been declared admissible by the European Committee of Social Rights

27 July 2017 Strasbourg

The European Committee of Social Rights declared admissible the 15 complaints lodged by University Women of Europe in 2016 for alleged violation of the rights to work, to fair remuneration, and to equal opportunities and equal treatment in employment and occupation without discrimination on the...

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Women's access to justice accross the Eastern Partnership countries

25 July 2017 Strasbourg

In May-July 2017, the Gender Equality Unit of the Council of Europe carried out a series of eight pilot training seminars on women’s access to justice across the Eastern Partnership countries. Implemented in the context of the Programmatic Cooperation Framework “Improving Women’s Access to...

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2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

17-19 July 2017 New York

On the occasion of the 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and the three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum (17-19 July 2017), the Czech Republic, the Council of Europe, UN Women and the Tatana Kucharova Foundation – Beauty of Help, organised the side-event:...

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Seminar “Women and Drugs: from policy to good practice”organised by the Pompidou Group in Rome, 26-27 June 2017

The Council of Europe Co-operation Group to Combat Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Drugs (Pompidou Group) co-organised a seminar on women and drugs with the Italian Anti-Drugs Policies Department (Dipartimento politiche antidroga). The objective of the event was to discuss the introduction...

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PACE adopts a resolution to combat sexual violence and harassment of women in public space

On 29 June 2017, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe adopted Resolution 2177 “Putting an end to sexual violence and harassment of women in public space”. The Resolution highlights the need for a “fundamental change of mindsets” in regard to violence against women and calls on...

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2nd OSCE Gender Equality Review Conference

The Head of the Gender Equality Unit spoke at the 2nd OSCE Gender Equality Review Conference (Vienna, 12-13 June 2017) to present the lessons learned from the Council of Europe’s work on gender mainstreaming. GREVIO’s President also spoke in another conference panel to inform participants about...

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Second meeting of the Drafting Committee preparing a draft recommendation to prevent and combat sexism

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The Drafting Committee set up by the Gender Equality Commission (GEC) to prepare a draft Committee of Ministers recommendation to prevent and combat sexism (GEC-DC Sexism) met in Paris on 22-23 June. Work on cybersexism and young people, sexist hate speech, the links between sexist stereotypes...

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The European Union signs the Istanbul Convention

13/06/2017 Strasbourg

Today, in Strasbourg, in the presence of Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, Ambassador Joseph Filletti, Permanent Representative of Malta to the Council of Europe (Presidency-in-office of the Council of the EU) and Věra Jourová, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and...

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