Council of Europe’s expert group on violence against women visits Iceland

Strasbourg 25/03/2022
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Council of Europe’s expert group on violence against women visits Iceland

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) will carry out an evaluation visit to Iceland from 28 March to 1 April 2022. This visit is one of the steps in the procedure to monitor the implementation by Iceland of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention).

The Istanbul Convention is based on the understanding that states must fully address gender-based violence in all its forms and take measures to prevent such violence, protect the victims and prosecute the perpetrators.

Meetings will be held with representatives from different Ministries and public bodies, including: the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Labour, the Ministry of Education and Children, the Directorate of Immigration, the National Commissioner of Police, the Government Agency for Child Protection, Statistics Iceland, as well as members of the National Coordinating Body, the Children’s Ombudsperson, and the Reykjavik Child Protection Service, among others.

In addition, the GREVIO delegation will meet with representatives of non-governmental organisations and civil society working in the area of violence against women.

GREVIO plans to publish its evaluation report on Iceland during 2022.