Workshop for parliamentarians answering the question: “How will the Istanbul Convention help end violence against women and domestic violence in Ukraine?”
A workshop was organized on the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (also known as the Istanbul Convention), for 50 participants, including Ukrainian deputies, assistants and consultants of Ukrainian parliamentarians.
The training was initiated by MP Maria Mezentseva, chair of the Sub-committee on the approximation of Ukrainian legislation with EU legislation of the Verkhovna Rada committee on the integration of Ukraine into the European Union and head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE). Kateryna Levchenko, Government Commissioner for Gender Policy, Vice-President of the Council of Europe Commission on Gender Equality, attended the event as a guest speaker.
Participants exchanged information on the implementation and ratification of the convention, discussed myths and facts about the convention and learned how the assistance system to victims of domestic violence will work after the ratification of the Istanbul Convention.
The session was organized in Ukraine by the Council of Europe project “Combating violence against women in Ukraine” (COVAW) on May 24, 2021 to deepen knowledge of the Istanbul Convention and understanding of its provisions, which is a valuable source of information at the decision-making level in Ukraine in the current political environment.