Poland should not withdraw from the Istanbul Convention, says Secretary General

26§/07/2020 Strasbourg

Following recent news of Polish intentions to withdraw from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić made the following statement: ...

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Urgent action needed to end pandemic of gender-based violence, say women’s rights experts

15/07/2020 Strasbourg

On 14 July 2020, GREVIO joined UN and regional experts on violence against women and women’s rights in their call for urgent action to end the pandemic of gender-based violence. As countries imposed lockdowns to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the world saw “dramatic increases in cases of domestic...

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GREVIO to prepare its first General Recommendation on the implementation of the Istanbul Convention

29/06/2020 Strasbourg

Noting the need to highlight the continuum of violence against women and domestic violence offline and online, GREVIO decided during its 21st Plenary meeting to prepare its very first General Recommendation. In accordance with Article 69 of the Istanbul Convention, this work will demonstrate the...

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Online Conference on Violence against Woment and Girls and the COVID 19 pandemic

28/05/2020 Strasbourg

The President of GREVIO, Ms Marceline Naudi, will intervene as a speaker at an online conference organised by the Inter-American Commission of Women, the Follow-up Mechanism to the Convention of Belém do Pará and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights. The aim of this international conference...

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Online seminar on GREVIO's report on Italy

25/05/2020 Strasbourg

GREVIO’s first monitoring report on Italy will be discussed today during an online seminar organised by the Centre for Human Rights “Antonio Papisca” of the University of Padova. The seminar is scheduled from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and will be held in Italian. Speakers will include Prof. Paola...

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Director General of Democracy participates in UNESCO Online Conference on domestic violence during pandemics

19/05/2020 Strasbourg

On 19 May 2020, Director General of Democracy, Ms Snežana Samardžić-Marković, participated in the UNESCO online conference entitled “Taking action to end domestic violence during pandemics”. As part of a series of UNESCO international conferences entitled “Inclusion in the time of COVID-19:...

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Council of Europe Webinar on the Istanbul Convention: Violence against women and girls before, during and after COVID-19

18/05/2020 Strasbourg

On 20 May 2020, the Violence against Women Division (DG Democracy) and the Council of Europe Academic Networks (CEAN) is organising a webinar on Violence against women and girls before, during and after COVID-19. The event will take place online and will be livestreamed (10.00 to 11.45 am CET)...

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Webinar of the European Disability Forum on the Istanbul Convention

8/05/2020 Strasbourg

Today, GREVIO member Biljana Brankovic will speak about the relevance of the Istanbul Convention for women and girls with disabilities during a webinar organised by the European Disability Forum (EDF). The webinar is scheduled from 2 pm to 4 pm CEST and can be accessed via the following...

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Kazakhstan and Tunisia invited to accede to the Istanbul Convention

29/04/2020 Strasbourg

On 22 April 2020, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe decided to invite Kazakhstan and Tunisia, as the first non-member states, to accede to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention). This step...

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Information page on initiatives, practices, statements and guidelines on women’s rights and the COVID-19 pandemic now available

24/04/2020 Strasbourg

A wealth of information on action taken by member states of the Council of Europe, as well as by its bodies and committees, by international organisations and NGOs to analyse and mitigate the impact of the current pandemic on women’s rights is now available on a dedicated resource page. Following...

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The standards of the Istanbul Convention apply at all times

20/04/2020 Strasbourg

Today, the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention issued a declaration expressing the will and determination of the States parties to stand by the standards of the Istanbul Convention as a source of guidance for governmental action during the outbreak of the current pandemic of...

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New report on GREVIO’s first four years of work

6/04/2020 Strasbourg

GREVIO published its 1st General Activity Report today, accounting for its first four years of monitoring work (2015-2019). This report is the first to offer insights into the trends and challenges in the implementation of the Istanbul Convention. Explaining its mandate, composition and working...

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GREVIO receives state report for Poland

27/03/2020 Strasbourg

The state report from Poland was received by GREVIO on 26 March 2020, and is published today in accordance with Rule 33, paragraph 6 of GREVIO’s Rules of Procedure. The Group will consider the report at its 21st meeting scheduled to take place in June 2020 in Strasbourg. GREVIO plans to carry out...

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For many women and children, the home is not a safe place

26/03/2020 Strasbourg

In a statement issued today, Marceline Naudi, President of GREVIO, called on Parties to the Istanbul Convention to uphold its standards during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Restrictions on movement offer abusers additional power and control over the women and girls they live with”. Never before has the...

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Launch of the HUDOC-GREVIO database

3 March 2020

The HUDOC-GREVIO database is now available online. It gives you access to all baseline evaluation reports, Government comments and Recommendations of the Committee of the Parties. This tool will allow you to search through filters to sort by document, language (French or English), date of...

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

13/02/2020 Strasbourg

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 Malta from 17 to 22 February 2020. This visit is one of the steps in the procedure to monitor the implementation by Malta of the...

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To “silence the guns”, end violence against women before, during and after conflict - human rights experts

13/02/2020 Strasbourg

On the occasion of the meeting of the Platform of United Nations and regional independent expert mechanisms on the elimination of discrimination and violence against women (Platform on EDVAW) in Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) on 4 February 2020, the EDVAW Platform adopted the following joint statement:...

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New study published: Gender-based asylum claims and non-refoulement: Articles 60 and 61 of the Istanbul Convention

10/02/2020 Strasbourg

A new publication is now available on Gender-based asylum claims and non-refoulement: Articles 60 and 61 of the Istanbul Convention. This publication belongs to a series of in-depth analyses of articles of the Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women and domestic violence...

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GREVIO receives state report for Romania and San Marino

10/02/2020 Strasbourg

The state reports from San Marino and Romania were received by GREVIO on 6 February 2020, and are published today in accordance with Rule 33, paragraph 6 of GREVIO’s Rules of Procedure. The Group will consider the reports at its 21st meeting scheduled to take place in June 2020 in Strasbourg....

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

07/02/2020 Strasbourg

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 Andorra from 12 to 13 February 2020. This visit is one of the steps in the procedure to monitor the implementation by Andorra of...

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