20 November 2018 - 14.30-16.30 - room 5 - Interpretation: FR/EN

One in three women experience violence simply because they are women. Laws and policies can provide the foundation for a coordinated and comprehensive approach to violence against women. The UN notes that while a historic number of laws and policies against violence are now in place, implementation is still lagging behind. Which legal mechanisms successfully promote women’s human rights and equal representation of women? What are existing legal gaps that need to be closed? Women around the world are mobilised to stand up for women’s rights. What are their experiences and recommendations, and how can citizens contribute to implementing existing law frameworks?

initiative 1

Sem3i Sawtk (Get heard), Youth Empowerment Society (YES), Morocco

Youth Society Empowerment (in the Arabic المجتمع التمكيني) is an independent NGO based in Teflet (Morocco) aiming to create an educated micro-society of youth through experiences and skills exchange by spreading the culture of dialogue that consolidates the principles of democracy and gender equality .

وتك (Get Heard) is a Moroccan initiative that highlights rights and laws to protect women, and helps broadcast their stories to the world. It’s implemented by YES (Youth Empowerment Society), led by Soufiyan SAAOUDI with the support of IRI (International Republican Institute) in partnership with Code For Africa , 4shabab and other educational institutions based in Morocco. The initiative aims to introducing girls and women from different Moroccan cities to the national and international laws and regulations protecting them from sexual harassment, violence and extortion. It also uses its platform to teach them basic skills and techniques to produce their own podcast, in order to have a voice online to tell their stories.




Trainer/Digital expert, Get heard


Fadwa Kamal, a Moroccan digital expert and trainer. She is the founder of Hacks/Hackers Casablanca. She previously worked as Storylab Academy Lead in Morocco and trained hundreds of Moroccan journalists. In 2017, she was selected by the Swedish Institute as one of the most impactful Peace Hack Ambassadors in the MENA region. In 2018, Fadwa has received the prestigious scholarship Chevening for future leaders and currently doing her MSc in International Political Economy at the University of Aberdeen. She also completed Masters in Auditing and Management in 2014 and has studied Media Information literacy and Intercultural dialogue at Athabasca University.

initiative 2

Self Representation of Women in Kenyan Courts, Federation of Women Lawyers, Kenya

FIDA Kenya is a women’s rights organisation established in 1985 with the main aim of providing free legal aid services to women and children in Kenya. The initiative originated from the increased need for legal representation of women in court to access their various rights. FIDA Kenya modelled therefor a women friendly and empowering product to access justice, and empowers women to represent themselves in court. FIDA builds these women’s legal literacy, prepares and serves the court documents and train them to speak in court. An average of 350 cases is filed per year with a 85% success rate.




Executive Director, Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA)


Teresa is a Kenyan advocate and the Executive Director of FIDA Kenya, a leading female lawyer’s organization in Kenya that fearlessly promotes and protects women rights. Teresa has served FIDA Kenya for a total of 7 years. She is passionate about women and children rights and has over 15 years’ experience in family law, strategic impact litigation and self-representation. Teresa holds a Masters Degree of Law from Georgetown University Washington D.C (USA), Masters Degree in Gender and Development from University of Nairobi, LL.B University of Nairobi and Chevening fellow on gender, social development and citizenship (University College of London, UK).

initiative 3

Italian academic network on the Istanbul Convention

The network aims at promoting and developing teaching, training and research on violence against women and the Istanbul Convention, with a view to enhancing the expertise and knowledge of students, academics and current or future professionals




Professor, University of Milano-Bicocca


Marina Calloni is is full professor in social and political philosophy at the University of Milano-Bicocca in Milan. She is coordinator of the departmental research center "EDV Italy Project", devoted to the fight against domestic violence, the first of this kind in Italy, and director of a master on "Violence against women and children: how to know and to combat the phenomenon.” From 2007 to 2013 she was a component of the Inter-ministerial Committee for Human Rights (CIDU), based at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Rome. From 2007 to 2010 she was member of the management board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. She has collaborated with the "Parliamentary Investigation Committee on feminicide as well as on any form of gender-based violence" at the Senate of the Italian Republic for a research on the application of the Domestic Homicide Review proceeding in Italy. She is director of a project financed by the Department for Equal Opportunities - Presidency of the Council of Ministries, called UNIRE, with the aim at constituting a network of Italian as well as European universities engaged in gender issues, in collaboration with the Council of Europe.


Discussants are invited to take part in the Labs in order to share their experience with the presented democratic initiatives and try to bring broader perspectives to the following discussions.

NOGAL Agnieszka

Agnieszka NOGAL

Expert on feminism and human rights


Professor Agnieszka Nogal is an independent expert on feminism and human rights and an active member of academic community. Professor cooperates with various expert institutions in Poland and participate in many debates promoting the importance of civil rights. Professor Nogal is the Head of the Political Philosophy Department, Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Warsaw since 2017.



SCE alumni, PhD, Founder & Director of «Abuse problem resolution center» «Nasiliu.net» (“No Violence”)

Russian Federation

Anna Rivina, PhD, Founder & Director of «Abuse problem resolution center» called «Nasiliu.net» (no to violence). The center’s aim is to support women by providing information and practical advice on what to do when women face domestic violence. In 2016, Nasiliu.net launched a mobile app with required information and an "alarm" button, which sends a message requesting help. Nasiliu.net is also a website with complete and up-to-date information about domestic violence in Russia, where more than 150,000 people found information about the problem . Nowadays there are different projects and activities to raise awareness about the problem and inform women about their rights.

BOCKER Roeland

Roeland BÖCKER

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to the Council of Europe




Secretariat of the Parliamentary Assembly, Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, Council of Europe

LAB 11 - How can women use the law to fight gender-based violence?
Palais de l'Europe - Room 5 20 November 2018 - 14.30-16.30
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