Council of Europe adopts first-ever international legal instrument to stop sexism
In response to #MeToo and other recent movements that have heightened awareness of persistent sexism in society, the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers adopted a recommendation on preventing and combating sexism.It includes the first ever internationally agreed definition of sexism, as well as a comprehensive list of measures to address sexism in a wide range of areas, from advertising and media, to employment, the justice sector, education, culture and sport.
Recognising that sexism is a manifestation of “historically unequal power relations” between women and men, leading to discrimination and preventing the full advancement of women in society, the Recommendation asks member states to step up their fight against sexism in all areas of life.
A Council of Europe conference in Strasbourg brought together high-level participants from across the globe in May 2019 to highlight the work and activities of the “Platform of Violence against Women experts”. The Platform develops links between UN and regional independent monitoring mechanisms to ensure that national laws against such violence are adopted and respected in practice.
17-19 September “#METOO - Moving forward” Reykjavik, Iceland Conference organised under the 2019 Icelandic Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers, in collaboration with RIKK, the Institute for Gender, Equality and Difference at the University of Iceland.
28 september “BEIJING +25: ACHIEVEMENTS, WEAKNESSES AND CHALLENGES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION” Congress, organised by the Spanish Institute of Women and for Equal Opportunities, Madrid, Spain.