The Malta Confederation of Women’s Organisations (MCWO) organises a seminar which will take place on Tuesday morning 26th November 2013 at Europa House in St Paul’s Street Valletta.
This event is part of a broader series of public events under the common slogan “Act against rape! Use the Istanbul Convention!” that are taking place during the sixteen days of activism against violence against women between 25 November and 10 December in 33 countries all over Europe.
Rape continues to be one of the most devastating forms of gender-based violence, yet it is too often a taboo subject and thus remains shrouded in silence. Research at European level indicates that only between 2% and 10% of rapes are reported. A great majority of sex crimes against women are undisclosed and sexual violence remains underestimated.
The“Act against rape! Use the Istanbul Convention!” events aim to place sexual violence and rape higher on the political agenda by initiating public debate around existing inadequate criminal legislation and services and the existence of myths and stereotypes that keeps preventing women to report and get justice.
The seminar also aims to promote and raise awareness about the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (also known as the Istanbul Convention) is a concrete tool for change to eradicate all forms of male violence against women, specifically rape.
The MCWO, which is a full board member of the European Women’s Lobby is the coordinator at national level who is organising these events. The MCWO would be amongst the first to participate actively in this debate.
This seminar will be delivered in Maltese or in English according to the preferences of the speakers.
The event will be open to the public but booking is recommended as the number of places available are limited.
Reservations can be made by sending the Registration form attached to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by not later than Monday morning 25 November 2013.
Please, download here the provisional programme.
Event in facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/745962105417205/?ref=22
MCWO Press release Time to act against rape! Use the Istanbul Convention! can be downloaded here.