Conference "Monitoring the Implementation of the Istanbul Convention - new synergies"
20 October 2015
This event was organised in the context of the Chairmanship of Bosnia and Herzegovina of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe and its objective was to engage in a reflection process on new synergies at different levels: (i) at government level, with newly designated or established official co-ordinating bodies; (ii) at parliamentary level, with the involvement of parliamentarians in the monitoring of the implementation of the Istanbul Convention; and (iii) at the level of civil society and national human rights institutions. The Conference provided a platform for the exchange of experiences, know-how and networking among participants.
International Conference "Safe from fear, safe from violence : celebrating the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention
Co-organised by the Council of Europe, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Chamber of Deputies of Italy
Rome, 19 September 2014
In partnership with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian Chamber of Deputies, the Council of Europe organised a conference in Rome on 19 September in order to celebrate the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention, highlight its holistic approach to combating violence against women and encourage member States and other participating States to sign and ratify this ground-breaking convention.
The Conference Safe from fear, safe from violence – celebrating the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention paid tribute to the important role of the Istanbul Convention in filling a gap in the protection of women from gender-based violence in Europe and beyond. Particular emphasis was placed on the added value of the Convention, the link between achieving gender equality and combating violence against women, as well as recognising violence against women as a serious human rights violation. In addition, the measures which States Parties to the Convention will be required to take in the area of prevention, protection and prosecution were presented in detail, as well as the need for holistic policies in this field. Finally, the Conference provided a platform for the exchange of experiences, knowhow and networking among participants. Participants included representatives from government structures and institutions at decision-making level, parliaments and local authorities from Council of Europe member states and beyond, other regional and international organisations, NGOs and civil society as well as media.
Joint Declaration by Ministers and State Secretaries from the Contracting States to the Istanbul Convention
On the occasion of the Conference, a Joint Declaration was delivered by Ministers and State Secretaries from State Parties to the Istanbul Convention to demonstrate political will to implement its provisions and to urge other Council of Europe member States, non-member States, as well as the European Union, to become Parties to the Convention.
Objective of the Conference
The objective of the Conference was three-fold:
- Celebrate the entry into force of this ground-breaking convention;
- Highlight its holistic approach to combating violence against women;
- Encourage member States and other participating States to sign and ratify it.