Conference of INGOs

The Recommendation in support of the Istanbul Convetion adopted by the Conference of INGOs

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Conference of INGOs of the CoE
The Recommendation in support of the Istanbul Convention has been adopted by the Conference of INGOs on the October 15, 2020.
The Conference of INGOs participated in the drafting of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, which has been open for signature in Istanbul since 2011. The first signatory was Turkey. All CoE member states have signed it except Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation.
34 states have ratified it and they must continue to do so according to the clear and determined words of the Secretary General of the CoE during the plenary session of the Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe.
Dr. Anne Bergheim- Negre, UWE President presented her argumentation as Gender Equality Expert, here you are the conclusions of her intervention in support of the Istanbul Convention: 
“Depending on the country, almost similar campaigns appear, but with different objectives: abortion, the referendum against marriage for all, education for equality, contraception, you can put whatever you want in it, migrants, Muslims, LGBT people. Strategies are beginning to emerge to influence national legislative developments in favour of women, to reverse the ratification of the Istanbul Convention 15 or to set in motion oppositions to prevent further ratifications, this legal instrument has become a target.
In this context where very pro-religious, very right-wing regimes have come to power, the States concerned are castigating the Istanbul Convention, the object of their wrath, even though yesterday these same States ratified it.  The Venice Commission explains these points clearly.
It is in this context that we have drafted the Recommendation in support of the Istanbul Convention, because the CoE Conference and its member INGOs support the Council of Europe texts, and the Council of Europe really deserves to be supported.

Anne Negre – New VP of Equality at the Conference of INGOs

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On 24 January,  our colleague Anne Nègre – Gender Equality Expert was elected for three years as Vice-President in charge of Equality at the Conference of INGOs. The former President  Anna Rurka was re-elected  for a 2nd three year term. Congratulations to them, they’ve done a great work!

Meanwhile, for the first time a woman from Bosnia, has been elected as Human Rights Commissioner  by the Parliamentary Assembly of the CoE. The PACE has elected  María Elósegui Ichaso as Judge at the European Court of Human Rights.

Questionnaire – Kit against sexism

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The Gender Equality Commission of the Council of Europe (GEC) helps to ensure gender equality mainstreaming in all policies of the 47 member States. The Committee of Ministers has asked the GEC to prepare a draft recommendation to combat sexism. The final objective is to fight sexism in order to have more equality, less violence, less hate speech and cybercrime etc., in the different member states. As representative of the Conference of INGOs, Anne Negre have been invited to participate in the drafting committee of the draft recommendation. The drafting committee would like to have your opinion on this issue and I invite you to answer the following questions to strengthen our impact in the elaboration of this document:

  • What areas do you consider should be covered by a Council of Europe recommendation to prevent and combat sexism?
  • Who should be the target groups included in such a recommendation?
  • What type of measures would you suggest to be included?
  • Could you please highlight good practices in this area?
  • Do you have other points?

Please find enclosed links to two documents on the subject. You will also find here an interesting « Kit against sexism »that could be useful in your INGO:

Please feel free to forward these questions to other INGOs or NGOs. The deadline for replies is 1 June 2017.