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Roma Day: new Council of Europe recommendation on equality for Roma and Traveller women and girls tackles...

08/04/2024 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the occasion of International Roma Day (8 April 2024), Fourat Ben Chikha (Belgium, SOC), PACE General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, made the following statement: “As we mark International Roma Day, I would like to highlight a positive development and welcome the adoption by...

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International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: ‘the picture is far from satisfying’

20/03/2024 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination on combating racism and intolerance made the following statement: “The International day for the elimination of racial discrimination is an opportunity to...

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PACE committee urges member States to protect the freedom of expression and assembly of LGBTI people in Europe

18/03/2024 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE’s Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination today reaffirmed its support for the protection of the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and assembly for LGBTI people across member States. “These are fundamental human rights possessed by every person, which they should be able to...

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Petra Bayr: greater action needed to counter Islamophobia

14/03/2024 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the eve of the International Day to Combat Islamophobia (15 March 2024), Petra Bayr (Austria, SOC), PACE’s General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, made the following statement: “In a time of division and intolerance, Muslim people face increasing discrimination in Europe. In...

PACE President: ‘We must see into a future where shared empowerment increases potential and accelerates...

12/03/2024 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

‘There can be no equality without an end to violence against women […] but there is another important condition for equality, which is women’s empowerment,” today said PACE President Theodoros Rousopoulos, at the opening of a side-event on the sidelines of the 68th Session of the Commission on...

PACE President Theodoros Rousopoulos meets UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres in New York

Meeting with the UN Secretary General, PACE President urges more effective co-operation with the world body

12/03/2024 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE President Theodoros Rousopoulos has urged more effective and properly institutionalised co-operation between the United Nations and the Council of Europe during a meeting yesterday in New York with UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, who is a former member of PACE. Such co-operation would...

Internation Women's Day

Investment in women’s participation and empowerment: an ever more pressing need

07/03/2024 | President

Joint statement by PACE President Theodoros Rousopoulos and the Chair of the PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination Mariia Mezentseva, on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2024 Gender inequality continues to trigger gender-based violence, in our continent and beyond. There is...

International day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation
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It’s time to ban female genital mutilation

06/02/2024 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Etilda Gjonaj (Albania, SOC), General Rapporteur on Violence against Women of PACE and Co-ordinator of the Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence, has called for universal prohibition of this...

16 Days of activism against gender-based violence

Violence against women: the most widespread human rights violation

08/12/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The '16 Days of activism against gender-based violence' international Campaign, led annually by civil society, which began on 25 November – the International day for the elimination of violence against women – will end on 10 December, on the occasion of International Human Rights Day, which...

Making the voice of lesbian, bisexual and queer women heard and combating discrimination in Europe

Making the voice of lesbian, bisexual and queer women heard and combating discrimination in Europe

07/12/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

"LBQ women face violence and discrimination in their daily lives. Prejudice and stigmatisation can affect their access to employment, housing, healthcare, sexual and reproductive rights and health, as well as their private and family life", stressed Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo (Monaco, ALDE...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities

‘Making the inclusion of persons with disabilities a reality’

01/12/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Too often, persons with disabilities have been left behind and policy-making has not been inclusive enough. Inclusion in society, accessibility of premises and procedures and participation in political, economic and cultural life for all persons with disabilities were not made a priority...

LGBTI

PACE General Rapporteurs condemn decision to label the LGBTI movement in Russia as ‘extremist’

30/11/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The PACE General Rapporteur on human rights defenders and whistle-blowers, Emanuelis Zingeris (Lithuania, EPP/CD), and PACE General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people, Christophe Lacroix (Belgium, SOC), have condemned today’s decision of the Russian Supreme Court to outlaw the...