Round table: Istanbul Convention & Women’s Empowerment @ European Parliament


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Date: Tuesday, 15 May 2018
Time: 17:00 – 18:30
Venue: European Parliament
Room: A5G315

You are cordially invited to European Professionals Network’s round-table discussion on the “Istanbul Convention and Women’s Empowerment” at the European Parliament.

The Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention, represents one of the main instruments preventing gender-based violence and defending the fundamental human right to a life free of violence. We believe that its ratification is crucial for the eradication of violence against women and the change in the cultural paradigm in which it occurs.

This round-table discussion aims to analyse the state of the ratification and implementation of the Istanbul Convention, EU legislation and directives preventing and combating violence against women and good practices and campaigns promoting women’s empowerment and raising awareness on gender-based violence.

Representatives of the European Parliament, NGOs and stakeholders will discuss the link between gender-based violence and women’s employment instability, unequal distribution of power and pay gap and the conditions of female refugees, asylum-seekers and internally displaced women and girls facing discrimination and violence.



16:30 – Registration and access to the European Parliament

17:00 – Moderated round-table discussion with:


  • Julie Ward, MEP Socialists & Democrats
  • Asha Allen, European Women’s Lobby
  • Ugur Tok, Platform for Peace & Justice
  • Christine Revault d’Allonnes-Bonnefoy, MEP Socialists & Democrats
  • Elena Mancusi Materi, UNRWA
  • Elly Schlein, MEP Socialists & Democrats


18:00 – Q&A Session

18:30 – Networking cocktail at the ASP 3 D Bar Forum
Klejdia Lazri, European Professionals Network


Please kindly RSVP via the register button below until Friday, May 4, 2018. Registration is mandatory in order to produce access badge to the European Parliament.

This event is hosted by Elly Schlein, MEP.