The Council of Europe, the Ministry of Labour and Social Protection of the Russian Federation, the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights of the Russian Federation in co-operation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are currently implementing the project “Co-operation on the implementation of the Russian Federation National Action Strategy for Women (2017–2022)”. The project is funded by the European Union and the Council of Europe. The project focuses on developing knowledge and skills in two areas of the Russian National Action Strategy for Women (2017–2022): preventing social disadvantage of women and violence against women and fostering women’s participation in public and political life.
Under the project, a seminar will take place on 18-19 February 2020 in Ekaterinburg. It will look at how actors at regional level can better co-operate to prevent and combat violence against women (VAW) and domestic violence (DV), including situations of social disadvantage. This is a second seminar under the project that will follow up on the results of the first one that took place in April 2019 in Astrakhan.
More than 70 participants representing national and regional authorities, civil society organisations of different regions (Sverdlovsk, Astrakhan, Chelyabinsk, Kurgan, Tumen, Ulyanovsk and Vladimir regions, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Yamalo-Nenetsk Autonomous region, Permskij Krai, Republic of Tatarstan, Moscow) will discuss specific topics on violence against women and domestic violence including in the situation of social disadvantage, analyse international country models, identify good practices for combating VAW and DV and preventing social disadvantage in the regions. The seminar will promote mutual learning among Council of Europe countries.
The Russian side will be represented by Pavel KREKOV, Deputy governor of the Sverdlovsk region, Alexey VOVCHENKO, First Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Protection, Ekaterina GORBATOVA, senior advisor at the Department for European Co-operation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Olga GONCHARENKO, Chief Advisor at the International Relations Section of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation. The Council of Europe will be represented by Petr SICH, Head of the Programme Office of the Council of Europe in the Russian Federation, and Rósa Björk Brynjólfsdóttir, member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. The European Union will be represented by Aleška SIMKIĆ, Deputy Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Russian Federation.
International experience will be presented by experts from Italy, Spain and United Kingdom.
Working languages: English and Russian (simultaneous interpretation will be provided for the whole duration of the seminar).
The seminar is fully open to media. Information for journalists:
Venue: Ekaterinburg, hotel Novotel (conference hall “Rodonit”), ul. Engelsa, 7
Registration of participants: 09:00-09:30 (18 February), 8:30- 9:00 (19 February) local time.
Journalists will have an opportunity to pose questions to the opening session panellists on 18 February from 10:30 until 11:00.
Prior accreditation of media representatives is requested. It is done through the Council of Europe Programme Office in Moscow, contact person for accreditation: Maria BELYAK, Project Assistant (Maria.BELYAK@coe.int , tel. + 7 (495) 775 37 52).
Accreditation requests are accepted until 16:00, 17 February 2019 (Moscow time).For more information about the Project: https://www.coe.int/ru/web/moscow/co-operation-on-the-implementation-of-the-russian-federation-national-action-strategy-for-women-2017-2022