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International day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

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...


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...

Violence against women

PACE President and General Rapporteur on Violence against Women: women must be empowered for violence to end

23/11/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Violence against women and girls is still one of the most serious human rights violations across Europe and throughout the world, deeply rooted as it is in multiple forms of gender inequality and discrimination. Despite progress, better laws and better policies in many countries, women’s rights...

Transgender day of remembrance

Putting an end to transphobic violence, discrimination and hatred

20/11/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

"20 November is a day to honour the memory of transgender victims of hatred. They are discriminated against and persecuted around the world, victims of harassment, physical and psychological violence and hate crimes," stated Christophe Lacroix (Belgium, SOC), General Rapporteur of the Assembly on...

Intersex awareness / Day

‘Stop causing serious physical harm to intersex persons’, says PACE General Rapporteur

25/10/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Parliamentary Assembly’s General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people, in a statement on the eve of Intersex Awareness Day (26 October 2023), has called for an end to surgical or hormonal procedures which cause serious physical harm to intersex persons. "These procedures are regularly...

Roma and Travellers

PACE committee urges member states to combat systemic racism against Roma and Travellers

16/10/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE’s Equality Committee called on member States to take urgent action to address systemic human rights violations against the Roma and Traveller communities. In a draft resolution, the committee highlighted the ongoing brutality and discrimination faced by these minority groups at the hands of...

Hearing on the issue of consent in gender-based violence

‘No means no’: hearing on the question of consent in gender-based violence

15/09/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

"It was while accompanying victims in court that I realised that the French Criminal Code did not protect victims," Catherine Le Magueresse, Associate Researcher at the Sorbonne’s Institut des Sciences Juridique et Philosophique, said today at the opening of a hearing on "Gender-based violence...

Violence against women with disabilities

Violence against women with disabilities: raising a taboo subject

14/09/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Violence against women with disabilities, whether physical, sexual, structural, psychological or economic, remains a taboo subject, underlined the PACE Committee on Equality. “Society infantilises women with disabilities by not allowing them to make informed choices about their lives, including...


‘Equality cannot be achieved by words alone’, says PACE General Rapporteur as Belgrade Pride week begins

04/09/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“On the occasion of Belgrade Pride week, 4-9 September 2023, and of the anniversary of Belgrade EuroPride 2022, I take this opportunity to remind the Serbian authorities that as a State party to the European Convention on Human Rights, Serbia has committed itself to protecting individual rights...