The regional conference on preventing and combating violence against women "Legislative advances and international standards in Southern Mediterranean countries: the role of parliaments" has been organised by the PACE’s “Parliamentary Network Women Free from Violence” as well as PACE’s Equality Committee on 20 September 2018 in Paris, France. It was attended by members of southern Mediterranean Parliaments holding Partner for Democracy status with the PACE, namely Morocco, Jordan and Palestine*, as well as of Assembly of People's Representatives of Tunisia. Several topics were covered such as the achievements and challenges in the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (Istanbul Convention), as well as the initiatives to tackle violence against women. Furthermore participants exchanged views on the role of national parliaments in advancing legislation and policies to combat violence against women.
*This designation shall not be construed as recognition of a State of Palestine and is without prejudice to the individual positions of Council of Europe and European Union member States on this issue.
The South Programme III is a joint programme of the Council of Europe and the European Union, financed by the European Union and the Council of Europe and implemented by the Council of Europe.