On 1&2 July 2015, Women’s Aid will be hosting its national conference titled ‘Change that Lasts’ in Conference Aston, Birmingham, UK. The conferences is an annual event which aims to bring together specialist providers of domestic and sexual violence services and professionals working in the violence against women sector in England. This year’s event will address Women’s Aid new needs led approach as well as how state responses to domestic violence can be reframed.
On May 21 & 22 2015, IMPLEMENT, a project aimed at providing trainings and information regarding specialized support for victims of violence in healthcare systems across Europe, is hosting a seminar in Vienna, Austria. The seminar includes participants from six countries, namely Austria, Bulgaria, France, Germany, Italy and Romania. Each country has chosen a health professional and a representative, usually from a woman's organization, to attend the event.
On May 7th, 2015 the Council of Europe released a new publication titled “Case law of the European Court of Human Rights relating to discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity”. This publication outlines LGBT rights within the context of the European Convention on Human Rights and how it relates to the case law of the European Court of Human Rights when addressing issues regarding discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
From May 18 to 22, 2015 the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ) will be hosting its 24th session at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. The CCPCJ was established in 1992 to serve as the main policymaking body of the United Nations to combat national and international crime and to ensure the fairness of criminal justice administration systems.
The Women's International League for Peace & Freedom (WILPF) recently adopted a new manifesto to commemorate 100 years of work towards peacemaking and to renew and outline its commitment towards further efforts. In addition to all of WILPF’s Sections, the Executive Committee, International Board and Anniversary Political Working Group, 300 WILPF members also contributed to the development of the manifesto. It was then voted on by the members attending the Centennial Congress. The document aims to serve as a reference and basis for future initiatives and work.
On the occasion of its very first meeting on 4 May 2015 in Strasbourg, the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention held the election of the first ten members of the Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO).
On April 27, 2015 Poland ratified the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women, and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention). By depositing the ratification instrument at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, the country became the 18th member of the Council of Europe to ratify the Istanbul Convention, which came into force in August 2014.
Happy 100th Anniversary to the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)! In commemoration of 100 years since its founding, WILPF is hosting a conference from April 27th until the 29th at the World Forum in the Hague. This conference, named “Women’s Power to Stop War: Uniting a Global Movement”, is a forum for women peacemakers from across the world to come together to support and empower one another to sustainably and holistically continue peacebuilding processes and initiatives.
From Monday 13th to Wednesday 15th April 2015, WAVE welcomed a delegation from Poland, visiting for a study visit organized in the framework of the project "Polish family-free from violence". The project has been implemented by the Polish Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, in cooperation with the Council of Europe.
Mark your calendar! The conference 'Women's Court: Feminist approach to justice' is coming up very soon! Taking place from 7 to 10 May 2015 at the Bosnian Cultural Center in Sarajevo, the conference will look at the results of four years (2011-2015) of intensive activities carried out in preparation of the Women's Court, involving the creation of a 'women network of solidarity of witnesses, activists, therapists, experts and artists coming from all the successor states of the former Yugoslavia', with the aim of creating a feminist model of peace, justice and accountability.