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Launch Event : Combating violence against women in a digital age - utilising the Istanbul Convention

23 November 2021
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Launch Event : Combating violence against women in a digital age - utilising the Istanbul Convention

Date : 24/11/2021

Time : 3.30 pm CET - 5.30 pm CET

Duration : 2 hrs

Language : English 

Organisers: Council of Europe 

 Broadcasted live on the page Facebook Council of Europe – Directorate General Democracy

 

General Recommendation no. 1 adopted by GREVIO on the Digital Dimension of Violence against Women

In May 2021, a conference entitled "Gender Equality and the Istanbul Convention: a decade of action", organised by the Council of Europe's Violence against Women Division, marked the 10th anniversary of the opening for signature of the Istanbul Convention. Six months later, at its 25th meeting, the Group of Experts on combating violence against women and domestic violence (GREVIO) adopted its first general recommendation on the digital dimension of violence against women.

Encouraged by anonymity and automation, online and technology-facilitated violence against women is pervasive, and many forms of violence occurring offline are replicated and even intensified through digital means. To raise awareness of this highly topical issue, a launch event is being organised by the Council of Europe's Violence Against Women Division on Wednesday, November 24, 2021.

The event will include a presentation of the General Recommendation by Iris Luarasi, President of GREVIO, as well as interventions by Dunja Mijatović, CoE Commissioner for Human Rights, Nina Nordström, Chair of the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention, and Claudia Luciani, Director of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance in the Council of Europe. A roundtable discussion will take place, giving speakers the opportunity to present the scope and relevance of the general recommendation to the work on the ground, as well as highlighting some of the most promising practices.

 

PROGRAMME


Words of Welcome

Claudia Luciani, Director of Human Dignity, Equality and Governance, Council of Europe


Panel Discussion

Bigger, faster, more abusive: the digital dimension of violence against women and domestic violence and ways to address it using the Istanbul Convention

Pille Tsopp-Pagan, Vice-President of Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE)

Kira Appel, Chief Consultant and Deputy Head of Department for Gender Equality, Ministry of Employment of Denmark

Aleid van den Brink, member of GREVIO and its Working Group on a General Recommendation on the Digital Dimension of Violence against Women

Arnaud Dechoux, Public Affairs Manager Europe, Kaspersky

 

Moderator

 Johanna Nelles, Executive Secretary of the monitoring mechanism of the Istanbul Convention

 

Keynote addresses

Dunja Mijatović, Commissioner for Human Rights, Council of Europe

Iris Luarasi, President of GREVIO - Moving from offline to online: the application of the Istanbul Convention to the digital dimension of violence against women

Nina Nordström, Chair of the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention - Opportunities for state parties in addressing online violence against women through the Istanbul Convention

 

Closing remarks

 Roberto Olla - Head of Human Dignity and Equality Department

 

 


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