The Council of Europe’s Resources

This area of the blog displays a number of resources provided by The Council of Europe which particpants can read if they so wish to better inform themselves for the seminar. Naturally, the websites and documents provided  may provoke interesting  questions or issues which you would like to discuss before the seminar. The Comment Corner of this blog has been designed as an arena for participants to disucss such questions or issues.


Gender Equality: A Fact sheet with rulings from the European Human Rights Court

In 2010 the Council of Europe is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

Over the years the European Court of Human Rights, which was created to interpret and implement the Convention through its judgments, has made a significant contribution to shaping the rights of men and women in Europe. There are some human rights violations which concern women particularly.

The Court has for example delivered judgments on issues such as the protection of women from domestic violence (Opuz v. Turkey), sexual violence (M.C. v. Bulgaria), discrimination against single mothers (Marckx v. Belgium), the right to carry a maiden name (Ünal Tekeli v. Turkey), protection of physical integrity (Y.F. v. Turkey) and trafficking in human beings (Rantsev v. Cyprus and Russia).  Read more


Parity Democracy – A far cry from Reality

Comparative study on the results of the first and second rounds of monitoring from the Council of Europe’s Recommendation on balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision-making Read more


Speak out against Discrimination: A Council or Europe Campaign

”Fighting discrimination and promoting intercultural dialogue is a collective responsibility but it is also down to individuals. That is the message of the Council of Europe’s “Speak out against discrimination” campaign. And since the media and media professionals have a major role to play in combating discrimination and encouraging intercultural dialogue, the Council of Europe has sought to involve all the media industry’s players (publishers, regulators etc) and have them debate and propose solutions for promoting a culture of tolerance and mutual understanding, bearing in mind the media’s contribution to informing the public and forming opinion.” Read more


International Women’s Day: 8th March

Over the years, the Council of Europe’s activities to promote the cause of women have taken a number of forms, such as legal measures, mobilising public opinion and training and research.

One of the main threads running through all these activities is the principle that there can be no lasting solution to the social, economic and political problems of society unless women are fully involved in the process. Read more


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