New publication: An inclusive approach to gender-based violence

Guidelines for the implementation of the Istanbul Convention

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On March 17th, the Council of Europe’s expert group on violence against women and domestic violence released  a new publication explaining ways to ensure the non-discriminatory implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention). This publication, coauthored by UCERF-researcher Lorena Sosa, offers guidance on the implementation of Article 4, paragraph 3, which requires all measures, in particular those to protect the rights of victims to be secured without discrimination on any grounds.

This provision is based on the understanding that women who are or might be at risk of intersectional discrimination, such as women with disabilities, older women, women belonging to national or ethnic minorities, or lesbians, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LBTI) women can face additional barriers to accessing protection, support and justice.

On the basis of promising national legislation, policies and practices, it offers ideas to policy makers and professionals from the justice, law enforcement, psycho-social, medical and other relevant sectors on how to respond to gender-based violence against women in a manner that is tailored to women’s specific needs in order to reduce any barriers in seeking help, support and justice. The paper puts at its centre women’s participation in the design and implementation of those measures, in order to capture their experiences and to contribute to their empowerment.

The report was prepared by: 

  • Lorena Sosa, Assistant Professor at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and Utrecht Center for European Research into Family Law (UCERF), Utrecht University (the Netherlands)
  • Ruth M. Mestre i Mestre, Assistant Professor at the Women’s Studies Institute and Faculty of Law, University of Valencia (Spain)
Read the report here: