Preparing for a Regional Forum on Implementation of the Istanbul Convention


Euro­pean Women’s Lob­by (EWL) host­ed a con­sul­ta­tive meet­ing with women’s civ­il soci­ety orga­ni­za­tions (CSOs) from six coun­tries of the West­ern Balka­ns and Turkey in Skop­je, Mace­do­nia, from 23 to 25 July. The meet­ing was one of the activ­i­ties of the EWL project enti­tled Region­al Forum for Pro­mo­tion and Mon­i­tor­ing of Imple­men­ta­tion of the Istan­bul Con­ven­tion in Six Coun­tries of the West­ern Balka­ns and Turkey. This project is a part of the UN Women End­ing Vio­lence against Women and Girls: Imple­ment­ing Norms, Chang­ing Minds Pro­gram.

One among  over 20 orga­ni­za­tions from Alba­nia, Bosnia and Herze­gov­ina, Croa­t­ia, Koso­vo, Mace­do­nia, Mon­tene­gro, Ser­bia and Turkey attend­ing the meet­ing was also IZ KRUGAVOJVODINA.

The meet­ing was a chance to dis­cuss the progress and chal­lenges faced by attend­ing coun­tries con­cern­ing imple­men­ta­tion of the Coun­cil of Europe (CoE) Con­ven­tion on Pre­vent­ing and Com­bat­ing Vio­lence against Women and Domes­tic Vio­lence (Istan­bul Con­ven­tion) and Con­ven­tion on the Elim­i­na­tion of All Forms of Dis­crim­i­na­tion against Women (CEDAW Con­ven­tion), with an aim to for­mu­late rec­om­men­da­tions for the Region­al Forum to be held in Novem­ber 2018. A spe­cial Forum top­ic will be advanc­ing mech­a­nisms of coop­er­a­tion among CSOs, state author­i­ties — start­ing from the gov­ern­ments of the project coun­tries, as well as oth­er rel­e­vant actors inter­est­ed in imple­men­ta­tion of the Istan­bul Con­ven­tion and mon­i­tor­ing its effects.

EWL rec­og­nizes the CSO exper­tize and con­tri­bu­tion to com­bat­ing vio­lence against women, victim’s pro­tec­tion, women’s rights pro­mo­tion and insti­gat­ing state author­i­ties to ful­fill their inter­na­tion­al com­mit­ments, as well as to mon­i­tor­ing the imple­men­ta­tion of the Istan­bul Con­ven­tion and shad­ow report writ­ing. Bear­ing in mind the socio-polit­i­cal and cul­tur­al (dis)similarities among the project coun­tries, it is expect­ed that the sit­u­a­tion analy­sis to be com­plet­ed ahead of the Forum will con­tribute to region­al expe­ri­ence-shar­ing and estab­lish­ing effec­tive mech­a­nisms of han­dling cas­es of domes­tic and vio­lence against women. Stan­dards pro­scribed by the Istan­bul Con­ven­tion should tran­spire not only in adopt­ing rel­e­vant poli­cies and leg­is­la­tion, but in their con­sis­tent imple­men­ta­tion as well, amongst oth­ers by means of estab­lish­ing an effi­cient sys­tem of pro­vid­ing sup­port and pro­tec­tion to all women expe­ri­enc­ing any kind of gen­der-based or domes­tic vio­lence. There­fore, as stat­ed in the con­clud­ing part of the meet­ing, it is of utmost impor­tance for the Region­al Forum to include not only deci­sion-mak­ers, but also rep­re­sen­ta­tives of women’s CSOs pro­vid­ing sup­port to women from var­i­ous walks of life, espe­cial­ly those from mul­ti­ply dis­crim­i­nat­ed social groups, such as women with dis­abil­i­ties.

Writ­ten and trans­lat­ed from Ser­bian by Anki­ca Dra­gin