PGG II: Women's Access to Justice (2019-2021)
Member states of the Council of Europe have a legal obligation to ensure that all individuals in their jurisdiction have effective, available and efficient access to justice, that there is a system of remedies for victims and that the justice system is held accountable for any violation. Effective justice systems based on human rights standards, the rule of law and democratic values are central to enabling women to become equal partners in decision-making and development and to be informed participants in their societies.
The project, implemented under the Partnership for Good Governance (PGG), a joint programme of the European Union and the Council of Europe, aims at strengthening access to justice for women, especially women victims of violence in line with the Council of Europe gender equality standards and contributing towards the Eastern Partnership countries ratification of the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.
The project objectives:
- Authorities, justice sector professionals, and civil society apply new competences on the standards on access to justice of the Istanbul Convention, in order to remove obstacles to access to justice.
- Authorities, justice sector professionals and civil society introduce measures, including on training, to ensure that the justice chain is gender responsive, particularly for women victims of violence in line with the Istanbul Convention and other European standards.
The project complements other Council of Europe projects in the region by contributing to the development of a gender sensitive justice system.
The project is implemented by
the Capacity Building and Co-operation Projects Unit at the Council of Europe's Gender Equality Division
Anca SANDESCU, Project Manager
Alla KRYTYNSKAIA, Project Assistant
Academy of Justice of Armenia
Academy of Justice of Azerbaijan
Belarusian National Institute for the Qualification of Judges, Prosecutors and Legal Professionals
High School of Justice of Georgia and the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia
National Institute of Justice of the Republic of Moldova
National School of Judges and the National Academy of Prosecution of Ukraine
The project additionally co-operates with different state institutions, non-governmental organisations and international organisations working in the field of gender equality and combating and preventing violence against women and domestic violence.
Training Manual for Judges and Prosecutors on Ensuring Women’s Access to Justice consists of a general part, and is accompanied by four country chapters available in English and the respective language of each country ENG / ARM / GEO / ROM / RUS / UKR
- Country Chapter for Armenia ARM / ENG
- Country Chapter for Georgia GEO / ENG
- Country Chapter for the Republic of Moldova ROM / ENG
- Country Chapter for Ukraine UKR / ENG
Feasibility Study on Equal Access of Women to Justice ENG
PGG (2015-2018) Project Translations
Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) in other languages ARM / GEO / ROM / RUS / UKR and its explanatory report AZE / RUS
Feedback report on gender mainstreaming in the Swedish Courts ENG
- Co-operation projects
- Co-operation Newsroom
- Co-operation with the EEA and Norway Grants
- PGG: Strengthening access to justice for women victims of violence (2015-2018)
- PGG II: Women's Access to Justice (2019-2021)
- Preventing and Combating Violence against Women in Armenia (2018)
- Preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence in Armenia (2019-2021): continuing the path towards ratification of the Istanbul Convention
- Raising Bosnia and Herzegovina's institutional capacity to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence (2019)
- Preventing and Combating Violence against Women in Georgia (2018-2019)
- Reinforcing the fight against violence against women and domestic violence in Kosovo* (Phase II), 2019 -2021
- Co-operation on the implementation of the Russian Federation National Action Strategy for Women 2017–2022 (2019-2020)
- The Istanbul Convention: a tool to advance in fighting violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine (2018-2020)
- Co-operation with Southern Mediterranean countries