10th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Istanbul Convention

11 May 2021 will mark the anniversary of the opening for signature of the Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). The international recognition that the Istanbul Convention has obtained and the concrete impact that it has had on national legislation and practices, as well as on victims, are all causes for celebration.

A series of events will be organised in order to mark this date:

  • 7 May, online event (Belgrade, 11 a.m.) – Tobias Flessenkemper, Head of the Council of Europe Office in Belgrade, Ambassador Sem Fabrizi, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to Serbia, Biljana Branković, member of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO) and Gordana Čomić, Minister of Human and Minority Rights and Social Dialogue of Serbia will give introductory remarks.

    Access to media will be provided through video link, upon preliminary registration no later than 14:00 on 6 May.

    Programme - Contact: Tatiana Baeva, tel. +33 6 85 11 64 93
  • 11 May, Belgrade and online event (10 a.m.-4:15 p.m.) – Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić will participate in the opening of the event on the thematic “The Istanbul Convention today and its achievements” and Deputy Secretary General Bjørn Berge will participate in the closing of the event around the theme “Gender equality and the Istanbul Convention: a decade of action” organised by the Gender Equality Division and the Violence against Women Division of the Council of Europe, in partnership with the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth in the framework of the German Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

    More information - Programme – Contact: Panos Kakaviatos, tel. +33 6 98 37 64 04

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