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LEM Conferência| Istambul Convention: What policies Transform Commitments into Reality?

6 Dezembro @ 14:00 - 17:30

Conferencia-6Dez2017

The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) invites you to a public event “Istanbul Convention: what policies transform commitment into reality?” at the Permanent Representation of the Federal Republic of Germany to the European Union, on 6 of December 2017.

Despite progress over the last decades on equality between women and men there is not a single country in Europe where women and girls are free from male violence. We still have a long way to go to ensure that women and girls can live a life free from violence in the EU. (See EWL Factsheet on Disrupting the continuum of violence against women and girls).

Violence against women exists, it is not abstract and women are speaking out about it. As the #MeToo movement has emphasised, it’s time for action. Women’s voices are too loud and too many to be ignored any longer! Let’s continue to disrupt the silence and the indifference!

Now is the moment to take stock of the latest developments at EU and at Member State level. The Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, the Istanbul Convention, entered into force 4 years ago, being the most comprehensive treaty on this issue and a key tool to improve legislation and policies. However, at present only 16 EU member states have ratified it and more progress is needed to ensure that its provisions are implemented across Europe. At EU Level, there have been important steps in relation to ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the EU and the declaration of 2017 as EU year of focused action to end violence against women.

It is crucial that women’s organisations continue to monitor this and to ensure that commitments are transformed into reality

During this event EWL Observatory experts and academics will highlight the key challenges in combatting violence against women and in implementing the Istanbul Convention. We will focus on violence against migrant and refugee women and digital violence against women. There will be room for exchange with key CoE and EU decision and several members of the European Coalition to end violence against women will highlight their initiatives.

The event will finish with an inspiring slam poetry performance.

The event will mark the end of a campaign lead by EWL members from the International Day to Eliminate Violence against Women on 25th November to International Human Rights day on the 10th of December.

You can already engage by signing this petition calling for action at EU level to make Europe a safe space for women and girls: https://act.wemove.eu/campaigns/womens-rights

This event acts as a follow-up to the International Conference “Loud and United to end violence against women and girls” organised by the EWL in June 2017 in Brussels city hall.

AGENDA 14:00 – 17:30

Welcome words by:

Laura Albu, Executive Member of the European Women’s Lobby

Ambassador Marja Rislakki Ambassador of Finland to the EU (tbc)

Ambassador Reinhard Silberberg, Ambassador of Germany to the EU (tbc)

Panel 1: “Highlights on the standards and the implementation of the Istanbul Convention at national and EU level
Moderator: Isabel Ventura, EWL Observatory expert, Portugal
Speakers & Topics of Discussion:

Gwendolyn Sterk, EWL Observatory Expert

  • Analysis on the situation of VAWG in Europe and highlights on the Istanbul Convention as a tool to address VAW and make progress

Salome Mbgua, EWL Observatory Expert, European Network of Migrant Women;

  • The Istanbul convention as a tool to prevent violence against refugee and migrant women and protect its victims.

Essa Reijmers, EWL Observatory expert, the Netherlands

  • Digital violence against women and girls and the added value of the Istanbul Convention as a tool to prevent and combat

Sara de Vido, Vice-Director of Centre for Human Rights and Assistant Professor of International Law at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice

  • The ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the EU: A step forward in the protection of women from violence in the European legal system.

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Panel 2: Speaking truth to power: Exchange with key EU decision-makers

Moderator: Ms Joanna Maycock, Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby

Speakers

Ms. Marja Ruotanen

  • Director of Human Dignity and Equality, Directorate General of Democracy, Council of Europe

Ms. Irena Moozova

  • Director of Equality and Union Citizenship, DG Justice and Consumers

Ms. Anna Maria Corazza Bildt (tbc)

  • Member of the European Parliament

Dr. Ralf Kleindiek

  • State Secretary for Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany

Rally: Initiatives on VAWG and the Istanbul Convention at EU level

Moderator: Jean-Ann Ndow, EWL Observatory expert WAGGGS, member of the EU Coalition to end violence against women and girls

Presentations by several members of the European Coalition to end Violence Against Women.

Closing Remarks

Marja Ruotanen, Director of Human Dignity and Equality, Directorate General of Democracy, Council of Europe

Iliana Balavanova Stoicheva, Vice-President of the European Women’s Lobby

Slam Poet performance by Anissa Boujdaini

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