Date: 06/12/2022

 Time: from 2:00 pm to 5:30 pm (CET)

 Languages: English and French (simultaneous interpretation)

 Organisers: Council of Europe together with the Icelandic   Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe



 Live streamed video of the Conference

A large proportion of cybercrime cases involve violence committed in the digital realm. Women are disproportionately subjected to various forms of such attacks which stem from the same mechanism of power and control that manifests itself in violence against women in the offline world. In other words, online and technology-facilitated violence against women is a continuum of offline manifestations of violence against women with occur in the reality of women everywhere; it reflects and exacerbates it.

This high-level conference, organised jointly by the Violence against Women Division and the Cybercrime Division of the Council of Europe together with the Icelandic Presidency of the Committee of Ministers will shed light on the digital dimension of violence against women by presenting legal instruments from the cybercrime field as well as from the violence against women field and their impact on the development of policies and promising practices related to the prevention, protection from and prosecution of such violence.

Words of Welcome
  • Guðni T. Jóhannesson, President of Iceland
  • Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe (video recording)

First Panel discussion - Linking the fight against cybercrime and the digital dimension of violence against women: the role of international treaty bodies
  • Marie Fontanel, President of the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention, Council of Europe
  • Ivana Radačić, Vice-President of the United Nations Working Group on Discrimination Against Women and Girls
  • Iris Luarasi, President of GREVIO (Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence), Council of Europe
  • Alexander Seger, Executive Secretary of the Cybercrime Convention Committee, Council of Europe
Break from 15.35 to 16.00 (CET) 


Second Panel discussion - Connecting the dots between cybercrime and violence against women on the ground: experiences of professionals from Europe and beyond
  • Fernanda Teixeira Souza Domingos, Federal Prosecutor, Co-ordinator of the Advisory Group on Cybercrime at the Criminal Chamber of the Federal Prosecution Service, Brazil
  • Maria Rún Bjarnadóttir, member of GREVIO and Director for Internet Safety at the Icelandic National Commissioner for Police, Iceland
  • Ana Gogovska Jakimovska, Public Prosecutor’s Office, North Macedonia
  • Rachel-Flore Pardo, lawyer and co-founder of Stop Fisha, France
  • Dean Šarčević, B.a.b.e., Croatia
  • Amy McArdle, Safety Policy Manager for the EMEA region, Meta

Closing remarks
  • Marja Ruotanen, Director General of Democracy and Human Dignity, Council of Europe