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

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A new video on Female Genital Mutilation

School’s out and for many, the long summer holidays mean sun, sand and happy memories. But for some girls, with family backgrounds in Africa, the Middle East and parts of Asia, July and August are months of dread and panic.

Featuring Dr Pierre Foldès, Frédérique Martz, Naana Otoo-Oyortey and Bridget O'Loughlin, Head of Violence against Women Division in the Council of Europe, this video explains the terror of the long summer break!


Strasbourg 09/07/2015
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ECHR - Judgment concerning Greece

13 February 2024 – In the case of X v. Greece, the Court found a violation of Articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights on account of the Greek authorities’ failure to adequately respond and investigate allegations of rape. The applicant had reported being raped while on holidays in Greece and complained that no measures were taken to prevent her further traumatisation, and that she was not provided with information on her rights as a victim. The Court referred to GREVIO's baseline evaluation report on Greece, which had emphasised that the experience of the criminal justice system was still highly traumatic for many women and girl victims of gender-based violence.

 ECHR press release

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 11 October 2023, the Platform of Independent Expert Mechanisms on Discrimination and Violence against Women (EDVAW Platform), including GREVIO, published a joint statement on International Day of the Girl Child. 
Experts call for safe and inclusive digital spaces, free from online violence and harassment, so that girl's potential, well-being and prosperity can be attained.
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