Organized by the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) Vienna Liaison and Webster University on the occasion of International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (VAW) in Vienna, the symposium brought together a considerable number of prominent speakers with diverse backgrounds: ambassadors, civil society representatives, academics and lawyers.
25 November 2015 - On this International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women Dubravka Šimonović has called on states to commit to prevent gender-related killing of women, and to establish a Femicide Watch. Information is available below in English, French and Spanish - Download the Media Statement.
In October 2015, the European Commission published a Roadmap for (A possible) EU Accession to the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women, and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention). Still subject to changes, the document provides information on an initiative which could potentially lead to a Council Decision on EU accession to the Istanbul Convention.
The Third World Conference of Women's Shelters (3WCWS) took place in The Hague/The Netherlands, on 3-6 November 2015, organized by the Foundation of Women's Shelters in the Netherlands at the request of the Global Network of Women's Shelters (GNWS).
The 17th WAVE Conference took place in The Hague, The Netherlands, on 2nd November 2015! The one-day event gathered around a 100 participants, representing close to 60 WAVE member organizations in 41 European countries, as well as several participants from countries outside of Europe, including Rwanda, Israel, the United States and Australia.
The Advocacy Center on Council of Europe Standards based in Strasbourg (ACCESS), recently released a Factsheet on the role of civil society in the monitoring process of the GREVIO, titled "Monitoring the Implementation of the Istanbul Convention: New Synergies - What Role for the Civil Society?".
Mark your calendar! On 21st November 2015, Apna Haq in the United Kingdom is organizing a rally in London 'To make minority voices become majority voices!'. The detailed schedule of the rally - which will include a march towards 10 Downing Street, where a petition will be delivered, followed by speeches by a range of speakers, including Imkaan Director Marai Larrassi - is accessible here!
With only a few weeks to go before the onset of the 24th edition of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) at Rutgers University has announced the 2015 campaign theme: "From Peace in the Home to Peace in the World: Make Education Safe for All!"
Following the recent appointment of Ms. Dubravka Šimonović as UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, its Causes and Consequences, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) would like to remind the global public of the possibility to submit individual complaints to the UN Special Rapporteur on VAW.