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Tackling Violence against Women and Girls in the EU: Educating, Empowering, Protecting and Prosecuting
This International Symposium will provide a timely opportunity to discuss how to best strengthen efforts, monitor and evaluate the progress made and promote examples of good practice for preventing and combating violence against women and girls. It will also facilitate the exchange of ideas and encourage delegates to engage in debate with practitioners and policy makers at an EU level.
Entered into force in 2014, the Istanbul Convention constitutes the most comprehensive binding international treaty combating Violence against Women (VAW). While all EU Member States have signed it, to date there remain nine member states that still have not ratified the Istanbul Convention. In the aftermath of the #MeToo movement, 2017 has been a year of focused actions dedicated to ending VAW. Throughout the year the Commission made concerted efforts to engage with various stakeholders to raise the profile of the issue. Such initiatives include the launch of the “NON.NO.NEIN” social media campaign aiming to share information and support, engage and connect all stakeholders in combating VAW. Moreover, in December 2017 the European Commission, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Council of Europe and UN Women issued a joint communiqué confirming their commitment to work together towards establishing a global alliance to eradicate Violence against Women and Girls by the end of 2018.

• Examine the current legislative framework for tackling gender-based violence in the EU
• Understand the importance of the EU member states’ ratification of the Istanbul Convention
• Explore the responsibilities of the member states in countering VAWG
• Develop collaborative holistic approaches for empowering and supporting survivors of domestic and gender-based violence
• Share best practices of successful campaigns raising awareness and preventing gender-based violence through education
• Understand emerging forms of online gender-based violence and abuse and adapting public policies to online threats
• Scrutinise legal responses and improve support structures for survivors to report violence
• Address intersectionalities and understand how to support most vulnerable groups
• Explore how to improve information sharing across agencies to improve police coordination in preventing and combating VAWG

EARLY BIRD UNTIL 12.10.2018 - 20% discount.

Organizer: Public Policy Exchange
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