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International Roma Holocaust Memorial Day

‘On Roma Holocaust Memorial Day 2023, let’s commit to a more inclusive future’, says PACE General Rapporteur

01/08/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“On 2 August, we remember and honour the victims of the genocide perpetrated against Roma during the Second World War,” said the Parliamentary Assembly’s General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, Petra Bayr (Austria, SOC), speaking ahead of Roma Holocaust Memorial Day 2023...

Christophe Lacroix (Belgium, SOC)

Azerbaijani police must stop harassing LGBTI people and activists, says PACE General Rapporteur

31/05/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“I am deeply concerned by new reports that LGBTI people and activists defending their rights in Azerbaijan have again been targeted by police officers,” said Christophe Lacroix (Belgium, SOC), General Rapporteur of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on the rights of LGBTI persons...

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Closing the digital divide: PACE committee proposes measures to address inequalities in access to technology

27/04/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Increasing reliance on digital technologies in all fields of life risks leaving behind people who are unfamiliar with or do not have full access to all the necessary tools, exacerbating existing inequalities in society and creating new ones. Calling on States to take comprehensive measures to...

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
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Petra Bayr: there’s still a long way to go in the fight against racism

21/03/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Statement by Petra Bayr (Austria, SOC), PACE General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, on the occasion of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination: “Each year, the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination is a chance to take stock of...

Handbook Istanbul Convention

The role and responsibility of parliamentarians in supporting the Istanbul Convention

14/03/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On 13 March PACE's Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination, the Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence and the British delegation to PACE organised a peer seminar at the Palace of Westminster in London, where parliamentarians from the United Kingdom and Ukraine compared the...

Petra Bayr: ‘anti-Muslim racism endangers its direct targets, but also other minority groups and society as...

14/03/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the eve of the International Day to Combat Islamophobia, Petra Bayr (Austria, SOC), General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, made the following statement: On 15 March 2019, 51 Muslim people were killed and 40 injured in mass shootings perpetrated in two mosques in Christchurch...

UN Women side-event

Promoting the inclusion of girls and women in the digital and new technology sectors

08/03/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

According to Marjan Hammersma, Dutch Vice-Minister of Education, Culture and Science, women and girls are still under-represented in science, technology and engineering education and careers, even though they are frontrunners of the climate movements and advocacy for a green and digital future...

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'One year on we still see you, women of Ukraine'

07/03/2023 | President

On 8 March 2022 PACE President Tiny Kox, in an open letter to the head of Ukraine’s PACE delegation Mariia Mezentseva entitled “We see you, women of Ukraine”, expressed his solidarity after the start of the war of aggression against her country. “In the past year, tens of thousands have been...

Empowerment of women in the digital age

Towards the empowerment of women and girls in public and professional life in the digital age

06/03/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination will organise on Monday 6 March in New York, a side-event entitled “Towards a green and digital future: challenges and opportunities for women and girls in public life and the workplace”, with the support of the Netherlands and Estonia , on...

The Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January 2023

Holocaust Remembrance Day: statement by Petra Bayr

26/01/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the occasion of Holocaust Remembrance Day, 27 January 2023, Petra Bayr (Austria, SOC) today made the following statement:“Holocaust Remembrance Day, commemorating the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on 27 January 1945, is the day to honour the victims of the Nazi regime and...

Joint debate: The Istanbul Convention: progress and challenges Presentation by Ms Zita GURMAI, Hungary, SOC, Rapporteur, AS/Ega
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The Istanbul Convention: progress, with new challenges

25/01/2023 | Session

Today the Assembly emphasised the positive influence of the Council of Europe’s Convention on the Protection and Prevention of Violence against Women and Domestic Violence – the Istanbul Convention – on national legislation against gender-based violence and the changes it has made in policies and...

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Improving access to sexual and reproductive healthcare through innovative approaches

24/01/2023 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination considers that access to sexual and reproductive healthcare must be granted to all without discrimination, adding that insufficient access to such care affects women first and foremost, resulting in unwanted pregnancies or health risks when...