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Hearing on the role of men and boys in stopping gender-based violence

PACE rapporteur calls on men and boys to become allies in combating gender-based violence

02/05/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Gender equality can only be reached by involving all genders. Patriarchy is also detrimental to men. Too often men think that gender-based violence is not about them,” said Petra Stienen (Netherlands, ALDE), PACE Rapporteur on “The role of men and boys in stopping gender-based violence” during a...

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PACE creates new parliamentary platform for the rights of LGBTI people in Europe

29/04/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE is to set up a new parliamentary platform to promote the rights of LGBTI people in Europe, bringing together MPs from as many as possible of the 46 national parliaments represented in the Assembly. The new platform will see parliamentarians promoting full and effective equality for LGBTI...

Violence against women

Women at the forefront in war and peace

28/04/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The PACE Equality Committee has set out ways women can be better protected in conflict situations, more involved in peace negotiations, and better represented in rebuilding and healing in post-conflict situations. Approving a draft resolution based on a report by Yevheniia Kravchuk (Ukraine, ALDE...

Roma people

International Roma Day 2022: time to topple anti-gypsyism

08/04/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Fifty-one years after the first World Roma Congress of 8 April 1971, racism and discrimination against Roma and Travellers remain alarmingly rife in Europe,” declared Petra Bayr, the Parliamentary Assembly’s General Rapporteur on combating racism and intolerance, on the occasion of International...

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PACE General Rapporteur denounces the horrifying sexual violence reportedly perpetrated by Russian military...

06/04/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Zita Gurmai (Hungary, SOC), PACE General Rapporteur on Violence against Women and Coordinator of the Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence, today denounced the horrifying sexual violence reportedly perpetrated by Russian military forces in Ukraine. “Testimonies of rape and sexual...

LGBTI conflict zones

General rapporteur expresses deep concern for the rights of LGBTI people in or fleeing Ukraine

01/04/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“I am deeply concerned about the safety of LGBTI people in the context of Russia’s armed aggression against Ukraine”, said Christophe Lacroix (Belgium, SOC), the Assembly’s General Rapporteur on the rights of LGBTI people. “LGBTI people are already facing increasing violence, discrimination and...

Selin Sayek Böke (Turkey, SOC)

Discrimination based on social origin: a reality too often ignored

15/03/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

No one’s outcomes in life should be determined by their birth, the Committee on Equality noted today, adopting a report by Selin Sayek Böke (Turkey, SOC). However, throughout Europe, a person’s social origin, the conditions in which they were born, have a direct influence on their future, their...

Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL)

Fight against Islamophobia: PACE rapporteur on a fact-finding visit to Paris

08/03/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), PACE rapporteur on raising awareness of and countering Islamophobia in Europe, began a two-day fact-finding visit to Paris today as part of the preparation of his report on this issue. This visit includes meetings with members of the Senate and the National...

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8 March: women are needed in political decision-making and conflict resolution today more than ever

08/03/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“The Russian Federation’s attack on Ukraine is also an attack on the core values of the Council of Europe: human rights, the rule of law and democracy. As the international community multiplies its calls to Russia to unconditionally stop the aggression, it is also important to give visibility to...

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PACE rapporteur concerned for the safety of African, Asian and Middle Eastern students fleeing Ukraine

04/03/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“I’m seriously concerned for the safety of African, Asian and Middle Eastern students as they flee Ukraine,” said Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), PACE rapporteur on a new Charter for a non-racist society. “We’ve seen increasing reports of racist violence and discrimination. The European...

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Access to abortion: committee denounces various forms of harassment

02/02/2022 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The Equality Committee has expressed its concern about harassment and violence perpetrated by anti-abortion activists in many member States, targeting persons who want to preserve access to free and safe abortions. Those targeted include women's rights defenders speaking out for the right to...

Istanbul Convention

Online conference seeks to boost political support for the Istanbul Convention

09/12/2021 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

A video-conference aimed at mobilising political support for the Istanbul Convention, the landmark Council of Europe treaty setting out laws to combat domestic violence, is to take place on 13 December 2021. The event, organised by the PACE “Women Free from Violence” Parliamentary Network and...