​30 May 2024, 9.45 a.m - 5.00 p.m. | Strasbourg, Palais de l'Europe, Room 1 - access plan

Interpretation: English and French

Conference organised by the Council of Europe under the aegis
of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers


On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of the Istanbul Convention, a renewed political commitment at the highest level is key to address the numerous and multifaceted challenges to gender equality. This conference, organised by the Council of Europe, will highlight the political will of its member States, as expressed at the highest level in Reykjavik and through the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2024-2029. 


Conference moderator: Abby Kuhathasan, Journalist

Rapporteur: Anja Jokić, Member of the Advisory Council on Youth Bureau


9:45 - 10:15 - High level opening

  • Justina Jakštienė, Vice-Minister of Social Security and Labour of the Repulic of Lithuania
  • Marija Pejčinović Burić, Secretary General of the Council of Europe


10:15 - 11:00 - Keynote speech and discussion 

  • Caroline Criado Perez, Writer, Broadcaster, Speaker and Feminist campaigner, Author of INVISIBLE WOMEN: Exposing Data Bias in a World Designed for Men

11.00 - 11.30 - Coffee break 

11.30 - 13.00

Short overview of the Gender Equality Strategy 2024 – 2029


Panel 1 - Addressing challenges to gender equality and women’s rights: a youth perspective

A youth perspective on gender-equality implications of crises linked to conflict, migration, public health and climate change

  • Nina Grmuša, European Federation for Intercultural Learning (EFIL) and Chair of the Advisory Council on Youth
  • Anna Knobbout, Euro Youth Mental Health (EYMH) and member of the Advisory Council on Youth
  • Ralph Kass, Chair of the Gender Equality Commission (GEC)

A youth perspective on the impact of new technologies, including AI systems, on gender equality and women’s rights

  • Carlien Scheele, Director at European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
  • Stanislava Stefanova, European Students‘ Forum (AEGEE), member of the Joint Council on Youth and Gender Equality Rapporteur
  • Jessica Wade, Royal Society University Research Fellow and Lecturer in Functional Materials at Imperial College London

13.00 - 14.00 - Lunch offered by Ambassador Andrius Krivas, Permanent Representative of Lithuania to the Council of Europe

14.00 - 14.30 - Side-event “Youth perspective on gender-based violence”, Room 2 (hybrid format - ZOOM link)


14.30 - 16.30

Opening by
  • Ambassador Tanja Gonggrijp, Chair of the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention
  • Maria-Andriani Kostopoulou, President of GREVIO
  • Darian Pavli, Judge at the European Court of Human Rights

Panel 2 – Impact of the Istanbul Convention in practice

Bringing the Istanbul Convention into professional practice

  • Petra Volke, family judge, Germany
  • Delphine Porchéron, Senior Lecturer, University of Strasbourg, France
  • Jeppe Schmidt, East Jutland Police District, Denmark 
  • Heinrich Geldschläger, Psychologist and psychotherapist, Specialist in work with perpetrators, Conexus, Spain 
  • Anna Vouyioukas, Social scientist- gender equality expert, Diotima, Greece

The bigger picture: enhancing the policy framework on violence against women 

  • Feride Acar, First President of GREVIO
  • Gian Beeli, Ministry of Equality and member of the Committee of the Parties, Switzerland
  • Gorica Ivić, Board member of WAVE (Women against Violence Europe)
  • Isabelle Rome, Ambassador for Human Rights, France


16.30 - 16.45 - Closing remarks

  • Marja Ruotanen, Director General of Democracy and Human Dignity

17.00 - Launch of the exhibition “Through the lens: A decade of commitment to the Istanbul Convention and reception hosted by Ambassador Tanja Gonggrijp, Chair of the Committee of the Parties of the Istanbul Convention