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Infiltration of the police and the military by racist and far-right extremists: raising awareness and...

21/12/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Hundreds of cases of infiltration of law enforcement bodies and the military by racist and far-right extremists have been reported over the last few years and investigated recently by French and German medias,” today said Momodou Malcolm Jallow (Sweden, UEL), PACE General Rapporteur on racism...

How parliamentarians can defend the Istanbul Convention and help to keep women safe

15/12/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

The head of the monitoring body for the Istanbul Convention, the Council of Europe’s global treaty to combat violence against women and domestic violence, has again urged all European states to sign up to the Convention – and firmly rejected the suggestion by some governments that national...

Generation Equality Forum 2021: a global event to launch a programme of concrete actions to promote women’s...

14/12/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Delphine O., the French Government’s Ambassador for Women's Rights and Secretary General of the Generation Equality Forum 2021, presented this Forum to the members of the Assembly’s Women Free from Violence parliamentary network, meeting today. The Generation Equality Forum, organised at the...

Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence: exchanges on the UN Generation Equality Forum and...

11/12/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

At its next meeting on 14 December by videoconference, the Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence will exchange views on the Generation Equality Forum to be held in 2021 in Mexico and Paris by UN Women, after a presentation of the Forum by Ambassador Delphine O, Secretary General of the...

International Day of Persons with Disabilities: ‘Leaving no one behind in a post-COVID-19 World’

02/12/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination declared: “The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous negative impact on such fundamental rights as access to education, healthcare and employment globally. Persons...

Updating and relaunching the Charter of European Political Parties for a Non-Racist Society

30/11/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

“Over 20 years after the drafting and opening for signature of the Charter of European Political Parties for a Non-Racist Society, the time is ripe to update this text, as we have witnessed changes in the political landscape – with the emergence of populist and xenophobic movements – and in...

Strengthening the protection of the rights of national minorities

27/11/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

According to the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination, meeting by videoconference, attention to minority rights since the adoption of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in 1995 has clearly diminished. “Minorities are sometimes perceived as a threat to the...

States must do more to stamp out ethnic profiling, says PACE committee

27/11/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

European States must pass laws to ban “ethnic profiling”, if they have not already done so, and encourage police forces to take stronger action against racist behaviour, PACE’s Equality Committee has said. Approving a draft resolution, based on a report by Boriss Cilevičs (Latvia, SOC), during a...

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: Petra Bayr and Evelyn Regner speak out to...

25/11/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Joint statement by the chairs of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) and the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament (FEMM) On 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence...

Ending violence against women: the lessons we can learn from the pandemic

24/11/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

Joint statement by PACE President Rik Daems and Zita Gurmai (Hungary, SOC), PACE General Rapporteur on violence against women, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November): “Violence against women remains widespread. An average of 137 women across the...

Violence against women in sport: time to act

10/11/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

A PACE webinar on combating violence against women in sport has heard powerful testimony from a French athlete who suffered sexual abuse in her sport, as well as a series of initiatives from the UN, FIFA and other organisations on how to prevent it. Sarah Abitbol, a French figure skater...

Webinar on combating violence against women in sport

05/11/2020 | Equality and Non-Discrimination

PACE’s Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence and Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination are organising a Facebook Live webinar entitled “Preventing and combating violence against women in sport”, on 10 November at 10 am. Speakers include former athletes and specialists in equality...