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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...

Podgorica, Montenegro: The Parliament building

PACE to observe the presidential election in Montenegro

13/03/2023 | Election observation

A 20-member delegation of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), led by Joseph O'Reilly (Ireland, EPP/CD), will travel to Montenegro from 17 to 20 March to observe the conduct of the presidential election on 19 March, alongside observers from the European Parliament and the...

Warsaw Presidential Palace

PACE rapporteur to make monitoring visit to Poland

09/03/2023 | Monitoring

Pieter Omtzigt (Netherlands, EPP/CD), one of the co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) for the monitoring of Poland, will make a fact-finding visit to Warsaw from 13 to 15 March. This visit will mainly focus on judicial reforms, the independence of the...

Men and Women

Equal rights for women and girls: the role of men and boys

08/03/2023 | President

Icelandic Minister for Foreign Affairs and President of the Committee of Ministers Thórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörd Gylfadóttir, President of the Parliamentary Assembly Tiny Kox and Secretary General Marija Pejčinović Burić have made the following statement: “Today, on International Women’s Day, we...

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...

PACE Georgia monitors deeply concerned by first reading adoption of Transparency of Foreign Influence law

08/03/2023 | Monitoring

The co-rapporteurs for the monitoring of Georgia by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Claude Kern (France, ALDE) and Edite Estrela (Portugal, SOC), have expressed their deep concern at the adoption at first reading by the Georgian Parliament of the controversial law on...

Collage Tiny Kox and Maria Mezentseva

'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...

Andries Gryffroy (Belgium, NR)

Europe's ‘Cultural Routes’: a platform for promoting cohesion and intercultural dialogue

03/03/2023 | Standing Committee

The PACE Standing Committee, meeting in The Hague, called on member States to join the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes, which allows for the concrete implementation of Council of Europe policies on the value of heritage for promoting cohesive societies, intercultural dialogue and...

 Yevheniia Kravchuk (Ukraine, ALDE)

Time for states to boost online learning, says PACE

03/03/2023 | Standing Committee

Council of Europe member states should strengthen online education, and do more to support teachers and students in transitioning to new computer-based learning tools, PACE has said. Approving a report by Lord Alexander Dundee (United Kingdom, EC/DA), PACE’s Standing Committee said schools...

Petra Stienen (Netherlands, ALDE)

Improving access to sexual and reproductive healthcare through innovative approaches

03/03/2023 | Standing Committee

The PACE Standing Committee, meeting in The Hague, emphasised that access to sexual and reproductive healthcare must be granted to all without discrimination, and encouraged legislators and policy makers to give high priority to sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). In this respect...