Violence against women is one of the most common violations of women’s human rights. According to the World Health Organization at least one in three women worldwide experience one or more serious physical and/or sexual violent incidents during their lifetime, often from an intimate partner or ex-partner. Gender inequality and social norms legitimating violence against women are underlying forces that feed into gender based violence. At the same time social protests are growing, with campaigns such as #NotOkay, #MeToo and #IHave.
In the Council of Europe’s Istanbul Convention, violence against women has been recognized under international human rights law as a violation of human rights. According to the convention, it is the duty of governments to protect women as citizens against this violence and, above all, to prevent it. A historic milestone. In 2018 The Netherlands will have to report to what extent it is meeting those obligations. It is timely to reflect on the meaning of the convention.
In this symposium (inter)national experts will critically reflect on developments in international regulation of GBV. The central question is: to which extent does international law affect domestic implementation in the domain of policy and legal measures regarding gender based violence? Which future directions should be prioritized? More information about the program can be found on Atria’s website.
Speakers: Rosa Freedman (University of Reading), Rashida Manjoo (University of Cape Town and former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women), Elizabeth Odio Benito (former Minister of Justice Costa Rica, former judge of the International Criminal Court), Renée Römkens (University of Amsterdam / Atria), Rosa Logar (member of the GREVIO monitoring committee of the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention), Fleur van Leeuwen (Senior affiliated researcher/Atria on the European Court of Human Rights and case law on the role of gender in domestic violence) and Ineke Boerefijn (coordinating policy advisor Netherlands Institute for Human Rights), among others.
The symposium fee of €75,- (and a special fee of €25,- for students/PhD’s) includes lunch and network reception. Tickets can be purchased via Atria’s website.
The symposium is organized by Atria - Institute on Gender equality and women’s history, in collaboration with the University of Amsterdam, and with the generous support of the International Office of the Municipality of Amsterdam.