Act against rape! Use the Istanbul Convention!
France, 18th November at the premises of the French Coordination for the European Women’s Lobby: The president of the Delegation on women’s rights and equal opportunities in the Senate, Brigitte Gonthier-Maurin, and the president of the Feminist Association "Contre le Viol", Emmanuelle Piet, will attend the event together with several politicians, and experts from the EWL Observatory on Violence against Women.
Bulgaria,22 of November: the National Coordinator of Women’s Lobby is organising a discussion with institutions and NGOs with the support of Bulgarian Ministry for Labour and Social Affairs. They will also do an action: NGOs representatives will stay with balloons and poster in front of the Parliament with slogan "Istanbul Convention - Ratify it now!"
On the 25th November, events will be organised in Croatia, Denmark, Lithuania and Sweden to mark the UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
In Croatia: The Center for Women War Victims, ROSA is organising the event together with the Parliamentary Committee for Gender Equality at the Croatian Parliament.
In Denmark: The Women’s Council together with the Women’s Museum are organising a public meeting in Aarhus that will be focused on sexual violence against women with a focus on counseling, campaigns and prevention.
In Lithuania, the Women’s Issues Information Centre will organise a Seminar in Vilnius that will organise a half day seminar in the morning under the slogan "Seksualinio smurto prieš moteris kriminalizavimas. Stambulo konvencija"
In Sweden: The Swedish Women’s Lobby will hold a talk about rape. The event will start with a screening of the short film “Porn Damaged” by Roxane von Gerber Hedayat and Moa Kjellstrand. This is followed by a panel discussion about rape culture, sexism and how Sweden’s ratification of the Istanbul Convention can be used in the fight against rape.
In Malta, 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. The Event will be opened by the Minister for Social Dialogue, Consumer affairs and Civil Liberties and the Minister for the Family and Social Solidarity will do the closing address. Experts, representatives of civil society, practitioners and policy makers will participate in the seminar.
In Portugal, on the 27 of November: Association of Women against Violence (AMCV) will held an event at the auditory of the Portuguese Parliament with the support of the Commission for Constitutional Affairs, Rights, Freedoms and Guarantees.