Side event COE Women and Religion

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21 and 22 June 2016, Council of Europe. With the group of work on religions of the Commission of human rights of the Conference of INGOs, we organized an event on the subject ” ARE RELIGIONS A PLACE OF EMANCIPATION FOR WOMEN? PROGRESS AND SETBACKS” Anne Negre the Gender Expert of The INGO Conference of the Council of Europe organized the event together with lots of other groups. It was a big success.

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The European Convention on Human Rights or the Lisbon Treaty for member States of the European Union respect religions or spiritual movements. National laws also protect freedom of conscience and worship for nationals of States countries of the Council of Europe while ensuring equality between women and men. We question the fate of this equality among places of worship.

We have sent a questionnaire and we received around 1000 answers. Specialists are working on it, but we can say that if equality between women and men, was really respected, with no discrimination, people could accept to practise again.

The event
A very important number of people was there from the different pilars of the Council of Europe. The panelists were at the highest level and each representative of religions affirmed that there was no obstacle from theology. Elena Centemero, Italian Parliamentarian, Chairperson of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe opened the debates, and, Gulsun Bilgehan, Turkish parliamentarian, Former Chairperson of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination, Chairperson of the Media and Information Society sub‑committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, closed them.
22 june 2016, at the same place, Council of Europe, it was the time for discussions, and a lot of speakers and participants came back. It was productive and show a real interest for these questions.

We have registered the debates of the 2 days,. Anybody who will be able to assist preparing the notes into a proper paper: please contact Anne via!


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