Objectives 3 and 5 of the Gender Equality Strategy
Conference on “The role of foreign policy in advancing gender equality: Addressing the challenges, pushbacks and obstacles faced by women”
Nicosia and online, Cyprus, 26 October 2021
In their opening remarks, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides and the President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus, Annita Demetriou highlighted the significant efforts made by Cyprus in the promotion of women’s rights and gender equality, while acknowledging significant remaining challenges. This includes the fact that the COVID19 pandemic has unfortunately amplified the backlash against women’s rights and has served to further reveal persisting gender inequalities in all areas. Deputy Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Bjørn Berge, highlighted the Istanbul Convention and the Recommendation on sexism of the Council of Europe, stating that such tools represented “multilateralism at its best” in the interest of the 840 million European who live in Council of Europe member states.
The Campaign Sexism: See it. Name it. Stop it! aims at raising awareness about the causes of sexism and its various forms, and at identifying ways to prevent and combat it. The action page on sexism, recently translated into Italian and Russian, is now available in 22 languages.
Training on violence against women and domestic violence for journalists and police officers in Armenia
Project "Path towards Armenia's ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence"
The Council of Europe Project in Armenia organised two sessions of online training (in September and in November) for journalists representing different TV channels and online and print media of Armenia. They discussed the principles of media reporting on the topics of violence against women and domestic violence. Police officers of Armenia participated in a two-day interactive training where they learned about gender-based violence and how it affects women disproportionately.
Growing number of Georgian public servants trained on violence against women and domestic violence
Project “Promoting an integrated approach to end violence against women and enhancing gender equality in Georgia”
A group of 17 police officers and staff members of the human rights protection and quality monitoring Department of the Georgian Ministry of internal affairs received their certificates of completion of the HELP course on violence against women and domestic violence on 28 October. “We are dealing with the cases of violence against women and domestic violence on a daily basis, which gave us intensive practical knowledge. However, international experience and standards we have learned throughout the course are highly important to our work. Despite our busy work schedule, the online format allowed us to be actively involved in the training process” said Giorgi Katsitadze, Chief Investigator of the Patrol Police.
The members of the Steering Committee acknowledged the project results achieved in phase II and expressed their commitment to continue the joint work to increase capacities of legal professionals to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence (VAW/DV) and to raise awareness against it. Partners also agreed to enhance the quality of support and social services for victims of VAW and DV and for perpetrator programmes. The next project Steering Committee meeting will take place in June 2022. *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.
Objectives 2 and 3 of the Gender Equality Strategy
Study visit to the Council of Europe for Bulgarian working group on violence against women
Council of Europe’s co-operation with the EEA & Norway Grants
A group of Bulgarian professionals joined
women's rights specialists and staff from the Council of Europe for an online study visit on 21 October. Several cases from the European Court on Human Rights on violence against women were presented and discussed with participants, analysing precedent set with the Court’s case-law. The Bulgarian working group is tasked to develop a case management guide for Bulgarian judges and prosecutors in 2022, under the project “Prevention and Combating violence against women and domestic violence” of the National Institute of Justice.
open to applications of non-governmental organisations registered in Turkey. The purpose of this call is to select up to four proposals from national and local non-governmental organisations for projects supporting women in their access to justice and increasing their legal awareness. The proposed applications should focus on empowering women as right-holders and supporting them in their access to justice, especially women in vulnerable or disadvantaged situations, such as victims of gender-based violence, refugees, migrants, Roma women and girls, and women living in rural areas.
Objectives 2 and 3 of the Gender Equality Strategy
New free HELP online course on violence against women for law enforcement Professionals
Drawing on the experience of several
European police and law enforcement services including Denmark, France, Portugal, Slovenia and Sweden, and based on the Istanbul Convention and the monitoring work of the GREVIO, this new HELP course was developed jointly by the Council of Europe HELP Programme, the Gender Equality Division and the Violence against Women Division. It can also be used by other first line professionals dealing with cases of violence against women and domestic violence (social or health professionals), civil society organisations, students and other target groups.
Annual gender mainstreaming training for Council of Europe gender equality rapporteurs
2-3 December 2021, the Council of
Europe Gender Equality Division organised its annual training session for Gender Equality Rapporteurs (GERs) entitled “Ambassadors for Change: Training Course on Gender Equality and Gender Mainstreaming” in Strasbourg. A total of 11 GERs participated in the training, representing diverse sectors including anti-discrimination, national minorities, Roma and Traveller issues, education, democratic governance, rights of the child, corruption, violence against women and pharmaceutical care. The training focused on both acquiring theoretical knowledge on gender equality-related concepts, as well as practical topics, such as gender-sensitive communication or how to deal with resistance to gender equality.
Roma and Traveller women unite to fight violence against women
Objectives 2 and 6 of the Gender Equality Strategy
On 25 November, over 100 Roma and Traveller women met at the 8th
International Roma Women’s Conference “Protecting the Human Rights and Dignity of Roma and Traveller Women in times of crises”, held at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg to fight violence against women.
International Conference on the roles of women and children in terrorism
Strasbourg and online, 15-16 December 2021
The Council of Europe Committee on Counter-Terrorism (CDCT), in collaboration with other relevant bodies of the Council of Europe, namely, the Gender Equality Commission (GEC),
the Steering Committee for the Rights of the Child (CDENF) and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, held this International Conference which focused on questions related to the involvement of women and children in terrorist activities and the challenges linked to their repatriation and reintegration into societies.
Work-life balance as a leverage for women’s empowerment and promoting gender equality
12 April 2022, Rome, Italy
High level conference organised by the Italian Ministry for Equal Opportunities and Family in the framework of the Italian Presidency of the Committee of Ministers. More information will be available soon on the dedicated conference website.