Conference "Gender equality and the Istanbul Convention: a decade of action"
Berlin, 11 May 2021
The Council of Europe organised an online conference in co-operation with the German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, in the framework of Germany’s Presidency of the Committee of Ministers. The morning session of the conference reaffirmed the political will of states parties to fully implement the Istanbul Convention, and highlighted the Convention’s importance and impact over the past decade. The afternoon panel discussed the implementation of the Council of Europe Recommendation on preventing and combating sexism and the related Council of Europe Campaign "Sexism: See it. Name it. Stop it!", highlighting relevant initiatives of decision makers and civil society at the national and regional level to address sexism.
The Gender Equality Commission and its Drafting Committee on migrant women
The GEC-MIG Drafting Committee continued its work on preparing a draft Committee of Ministers Recommendation on migrant and refugee women at its 4th meeting on 27-28 April 2021, examining the appendix of the draft recommendation and the amendments received by participants. Topics such as non-discrimination, intersectional issues, access to justice for migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls, detention and protection were discussed during the meeting. The 5th meeting will take place on 31 September-1 October 2021.
✓ GENDER EQUALITY STRATEGY: IMPLEMENTATION OF THE STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES
▷ Prevent and combat stereotypes and sexism
Awareness raising campaign and tools on combating sexism
The Council of Europe Recommendation on preventing and combating sexism adopted in 2019, has been recently translated into Slovakian. The text is now available in 26 languages, as well as in English and in French. The Campaign Sexism: See it. Name it. Stop it! aims at raising awareness about the causes of the sexism, its various forms and at identifying ways to prevent it and combat it. The action page on sexism is available in 21 languages. More language versions are underway (Azerbaijani, Finnish, Georgian, Italian, Romanian, Russian, Swedish) of the action page, as well as of other on-line communication tools (quiz, video and brochure).
*All reference to Kosovo, whether to the territory, institutions, or population, in this text shall be understood in full compliance with United Nations Security Council resolution 1244 and without prejudice to the status of Kosovo.
Joint EU/CoE Action "Fostering a comprehensive institutional response to violence against women and domestic violence in Turkey"
Two new reports have been published. The first report provides an overview of standards and promising practices on data collection from six European countries. It covers minimum standards on collecting, recording and transforming data on violence against women by law enforcement, judiciary, social service and health sectors, including on protection of personal data. The second report entitled "Assessing and managing risks in cases of violence against women and domestic violence: Strengthening risk assessments, the risk-management system and inter-agency co-ordination in Turkey", analyses regulatory framework and practices related to risk assessment by law enforcement in cases of violence against women in Turkey.
Project "Combating violence against women in Ukraine"
The project’s Steering Committee meeting was held online on 29 April 2021 and was attended by the Ministry of Social Policy of Ukraine, the Government Commissioner on Gender Policy and the Office of Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine. The project has produced a new video in Ukrainian which describes how the system of assistance to victims of violence against women and domestic violence will be positively changed following Ukraine's ratification of the Istanbul Convention. A roundtable on ratification of the Istanbul Convention in Ukraine was held on 14 May 2021. This was a joint initiative of the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration and the Council of Europe Office in Ukraine. More than 120 representatives of central and local authorities, the Council of Europe, international organisations, non-governmental organisations and the media attended the event. On 24 May 2021, a workshop was held on the benefits of ratification of the Istanbul Convention for 50 Ukrainian Members of Parliament, assistants and consultants to Ukrainian MPs.
Council of Europe’s co-operation with the EEA & Norway Grants
On 27 April 2021, the Council of Europe participated as a leading speaker in the online Conference “Supporting the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Romania”, held in support of a project focused on combating violence against women under the EEA/Norway Grants Justice programme in Romania. On 1 June 2021, in honour of International Children’s Day the Council of Europe presented the topic, "The Istanbul Convention: also protecting children from violence", at the international roundtable in Lithuania, "How to Protect a Child: on preventing domestic violence against children".
Civil society communication and advocacy campaigns on the Istanbul Convention in the Czech Republic, Latvia and Poland
Three civil society organisations were selected following a call for proposals to promote the values, aims and provisions of the Istanbul Convention and dispelling myths and misinformation about it: Czech Women’s Lobby (CWL), MARTA Centre from Latvia and Feminoteka Foundation from Poland. On 26 May 2021, an online event launched communication and advocacy campaigns. This event provided the opportunity to exchange with the selected CSOs and partners and to provide detailed information on the methodology and the toolkit for campaigning developed jointly by Council of Europe, Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE) and UN Women. On 25 June 2021, the Council of Europe, UN Women and WAVE Network brought together communication specialists, journalists and NGO activists to exchange practices on impactful communication on gender equality and human rights.
Delivering on the Istanbul Convention and other European gender equality standards in the Eastern Partnership countries
PGG II: Women's access to justice
On 27 May 2021, the third Project Steering Committee of the regional PGG II project “Women’s access to justice” was held. The meeting focused on lessons learned and gathering ideas for phase III of the project, which will remain regional as this is seen as a valuable dimension to addressing comprehensively the gender sensitive justice systems and legal professionals. The link to the Istanbul Convention ratification and implementation was highlighted as an essential part of any future project developments. On 8 June 2021, legal training institutes for judges and prosecutors from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine came together with legal practitioners, NGOs and international organisations, for the regional launch of the HELP course on access to justice for women in the Eastern Partnership countries.
▷ Achieve gender mainstreaming in all policies and measures
Gender perspective in the fight against the falsification of medical products and similar crimes
On 7 May 2021, NA FAMED project (Needs Assessment - Falsified Medical Products) organised the first of a series of webinars. This webinar addressed the gender perspective in the fight against the falsification of medical products and similar crimes. It aimed at providing the professionals dealing with the issue within national authorities with an overview of the prevention of the falsification of medical products and similar crimes, with an emphasis on the gender-related vulnerability of its victims.
Recommendation CM/Rec(2019)1 on preventing and combating sexism in Azerbaijani –> Consult here
Recommendation CM/Rec(2019)1 on preventing and combating sexism in Slovak –> Consult here
Tools of the Campaign: Sexism: See it. Name it. Stop it! in Slovak –> Consult here
Brochure on preventing and combating sexism in Georgian –> Consult here
Brochure on preventing and combating sexism in Romanian –> Consult here
Brochure on preventing and combating sexism in Russian –> Consult here
VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN
HELP course on violence against women and domestic violence in French –> Consult here
Publication on the general obligations for member states who join the Istanbul Convention (Article 12) in Azerbaijani –> Consult here
Publication on how to raise awareness on violence against women for members states who join the Istanbul Convention (Article 13) in Azerbaijani –> Consult here
Report on setting up treatment programmes for perpetrators of violence against women and domestic violence - Analysis of legal framework and good practices –>Consult here in English, Albanian and Serbian
Report on European standards and promising practices related to data collection on violence against women –> Consult here
Report on assessing and managing risks in cases of violence against women and domestic violence: Strengthening risk assessments, the risk-management system and inter-agency co-ordination in Turkey –> Consult here in English and Turkish
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