New publication on safe and effective programmes for perpetrators of domestic and sexual violence: out now!

4 June 2024 Strasbourg

A new Council of Europe publication entitled “Guidance for safe and effective perpetrator programmes: Article 16 of the Istanbul Convention” is now available. First presented to the Committee of the Parties at its 16th meeting held on 31 May 2024, it is now available on the Istanbul Convention...

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16th meeting of the Committee of the Parties to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence

31 May 2024 Strasbourg

At its 16th meeting, the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention held in Strasbourg on 31 May 2024 adopted recommendations for Liechtenstein and conclusions on the implementation of recommendations in relation to Andorra, Belgium, Malta and Spain. It took note of the implementation...

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High-level Conference “United around gender equality: making space for women and girls”

27 May 2024 Strasbourg

The high-level conference “United around gender equality: making space for women and girls” organised by the Council of Europe under the aegis of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers will take place in Strasbourg, on 30 May 2024. The event will be opened by Justina Jakštienė,...

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Entry into force of the Istanbul Convention in respect of Latvia

30 April 2024 Strasbourg

On 1 May 2024, we mark the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (CETS 210) in respect of Latvia which becomes the 39th Party to the Convention. The increase in the number of parties shows the determination...

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Second meeting of the Co-ordinating bodies

29 April 2024 Schaan, Liechtenstein

Liechtenstein's beautiful town of Schaan set the stage for the 2nd meeting of co-ordinating bodies established under the Istanbul Convention, bringing together participants with a responsibility for policymaking on violence against women from almost all parties to the convention. Ambassador...

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International Women’s Day – EDVAW Platform calls for action against gender-based violence and poverty

8 March 2024

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the EDVAW Platform (Platform of Independent Expert Mechanisms on Discrimination and Violence against Women) has issued a powerful statement reaffirming its commitment to eradicating gender-based violence and poverty. This statement comes as a poignant...

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Statement by Council of Europe Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić ahead of International Women’s Day.

Artificial Intelligence - Bridging the Equality Gap

07/03/2024 Strasbourg

“More and more, AI is giving shape to the world we live in - our job prospects, our health-care outcomes, our access to benefits and services. The list of areas affected by AI is long and is growing. Unless we learn how to harness the potential of AI to bridge inequalities - including gender...

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GREVIO carries out its 1st thematic evaluation visit to Montenegro

04/03/2024 Montenegro

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) is carrying out its follow-up evaluation visit to Montenegro from 4 to 8 March 2024, focussing on the theme “Building trust by delivering support, protection and...

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GREVIO carries out its 1st thematic evaluation visit to Spain

23/02/2024 Strasbourg

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) is carrying out its follow-up evaluation visit to Spain from 24 February to 1 March 2024, focussing on the theme “Building trust by delivering support, protection and...

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HIGHLIGHT - ECHR - Judgment concerning Greece

13 February 2024 Strasbourg

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...

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GREVIO carries out its 1st thematic evaluation visit to Sweden

12/02/2024 Strasbourg

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) is carrying out its follow-up evaluation visit to Sweden from 12 to 16 February 2024, focussing on the theme “Building trust by delivering support, protection and...

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Spain submits its reporting form on the implementation of recommendations issued by the Committee of the Parties

02/02/2024 Strasbourg

The Spanish authorities have submitted their reporting form on the implementation of recommendations issued by the Committee of the Parties. The completed reporting form has been published today, in accordance with the agreed procedure. The Committee of the Parties will proceed with the adoption...

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Belgium submits its reporting form on the implementation of recommendations issued by the Committee of the Parties

02/02/2024 Strasbourg

The Belgium authorities have submitted their reporting form (available in French only) on the implementation of recommendations issued by the Committee of the Parties. The completed reporting form has been published today, in accordance with the agreed procedure. The Committee of the Parties will...

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Malta submits its reporting form on the implementation of recommendations issued by the Committee of the Parties

02/02/2024 Strasbourg

The Maltese authorities have submitted their reporting form on the implementation of recommendations issued by the Committee of the Parties. The completed reporting form has been published today, in accordance with the agreed procedure. The Committee of the Parties will proceed with the adoption...

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GREVIO carries out its baseline evaluation visit to the United Kingdom

January 2024 Strasbourg

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) is carrying out an evaluation visit across the United Kingdom from 18 to 26 January 2024. This visit is one of the steps in the procedure to monitor the implementation...

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Neva Tölle, winner of the 2024 Raoul Wallenberg Prize

18 January 2024 Strasbourg

The Council of Europe's Raoul Wallenberg Prize was awarded yesterday by the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, to Neva Tölle, for her commitment to preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, in a ceremony held at the Palais de l'Europe...

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GREVIO carries out its 1st thematic evaluation visit to Finland

17/01/2024 Strasbourg

A delegation of the Council of Europe's Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) is carrying out its second evaluation visit to Finland from 15 to 19 January 2024, focussing on the theme “Building trust by delivering support, protection and...

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Latvia ratifies the Istanbul Convention

10 January 2024 Strasbourg

Today, Ambassador Jānis KĀRKLIŅŠ, Permanent Representative of Latvia to the Council of Europe, deposited the instrument of ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CETS No. 210), for Latvia. The Convention will...

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Setting up co-ordinating bodies responsible for policies on violence against women: new publication on Article 10 of the Istanbul Convention

18 December 2023 Strasbourg

Today, a new publication is being released, providing guidance to set up official co-ordinating bodies responsible for policies on violence against women, in line with the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention)....

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HIGHLIGHT - ECHR - Judgment concerning Croatia

12 December 2023 Strasbourg

In the case of Vučković v. Croatia, the Court rendered a judgement finding a violation of the prohibition of inhuman and degrading treatment and the right to respect for private life. The case concerned the sexual assaults committed against the applicant in her workplace, and the lack of...

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