The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as “the Istanbul Convention”, requires parties to develop laws, policies and support services to end violence against women and domestic violence. >> Read more about the Istanbul Convention

68th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

On the occasion of the 68th annual Commission on the Status of Women (CSW68), the UN’s largest annual gathering on gender equality and women’s empowerment, GREVIO President Maria-Andriani Kostopolou will be representing GREVIO and speaking on the Istanbul Convention at side events and EDVAW Platform meetings. The priority theme this year is “Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective”.


EU and Istanbul Convention

The European Union has published a video reaffirming the importance of the Istanbul Convention, across Europe and beyond.
The EU and the Council of Europe will reinforce their co-operation and continue to work together to end gender-based violence against women and promote gender equality.

GREVIO and the EDVAW Platform

On 8 March 2024 the Platform of Independent Expert Mechanisms on Discrimination and Violence against Women (EDVAW Platform), including GREVIO, published a joint statement on International Women’s Day. The experts highlight the urgent need to address the intersection of gender-based violence and poverty. They emphasize that despite efforts, discrimination against women persists, exacerbated by crises like COVID-19, wars and climate change and they urge for legislative reforms, inclusive policies, and increased resources to empower women and girls.
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