On-line High-Level Seminar

21 October 2020, 2.30-5.30 pm (CET)

 Seminar's video recording

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Session 1: Institutional mechanisms for gender equality: state of play and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

Session 2: Ensuring that recovery measures reinforce gender equality-related bodies and services



Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of women and of gender equality are central to support public policies in this area and to ensure sustainable progress. For many years, the Council of Europe has been promoting and implementing a double approach to gender equality involving, on the one hand, specific policies and measures to promote gender equality, and on the other, a gender mainstreaming strategy.

At the level of member states, the institutional arrangements, available resources and power of gender equality mechanisms vary. The 2020 Beijing+25 Review Report, prepared by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), indicates that in European Union countries, the status of governmental structures in charge of gender equality has declined between 2012 and 2018, and that gender mainstreaming efforts have also reduced during this period. The Istanbul Convention provides a cohesive legal framework for preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, including regarding the necessary institutional arrangements in States Parties.

The COVID-19 pandemic has shed a new light on the need for a strong gender equality perspective in all policies, accompanied by appropriate resources, in order to mitigate the gendered impact of the crisis, including a focus on combating gender-based and domestic violence.

The seminar will:

  • examine the gendered consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic and the role of institutional mechanisms to limit the negative consequences of this crisis;
  • look at promising practices at the national and international levels, and by civil society;
  • provide a platform to discuss solutions to strengthen institutional mechanisms and gender mainstreaming.