International Conference

7-8 October 2021


 Conference recording - Day 1 | Day 2


In the framework of the EU-CoE Partnership for Good Governance II (PGGII) regional project “Women’s Access to Justice: delivering on the Istanbul Convention and other European gender equality standards”, the Council of Europe is organising an international conference to promote the standards of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention), including measures and practical actions to guarantee women’s access to justice, and to discuss practical measures and challenges on the path towards ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the Eastern Partnership countries.


Through a participatory, human rights-based approach, the conference aims to:

  • Promote and enhance understanding of the Istanbul Convention as a whole and as a sum of its parts.
  • Exchange good practices in the paths to the ratification of the Istanbul Convention including ways to ensure access to justice for victims of violence.
  • Generate knowledge about concrete steps and strategies to ensure access to justice for women victims of violence against women and domestic violence.
  • Contribute to creating human rights counternarratives to the Istanbul Convention backlash phenomena.
  • Provide an impetus for closer cooperation among international organisations and national governments in implementing gender equality standards, including the Istanbul Convention.

 Conference report


Concept note

 Speakers' biographies

 Speech delivered by Marija Pejčinović Burić, Council of Europe Secretary General 

 Keynote speech by Professor Christine Chinkin

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