Supporting Women’s Rights

In December 2013, with the support of the French Institute and the UNDP Office in Montenegro, the Petrovic Njegos Foundation and the NGO Center for Women’s Rights organized the first national conference on the topic “Promotion of the Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence”.

There were approximately 120 participants attending the Conference, from the judiciary, the police, centers for social work, MPs in the Montenegrin Parliament, as well as NGO representatives dealing with violence against women and domestic violence issues.

The Conference was officially opened by the French Ambassador to Montenegro, H.E. Ms Veronique Brumeaux, Prince Nikola Petrović Njegoš, the President of the Supreme Court of Montenegro, Vesna Medenica and the Minister for Human and Minority Rights, Suad Numanović.

The aim of this conference was to inform the participants about the key aspects of the Convention and the obligations that arise from it, through the presentation by Ms. Violeta Neubauer, gender equality expert from Slovenia, a member and Vice-Chair of the UN CEDAW Committee and a member of the Gender Equality Commission established by the Council of Europe.

The control role of the parliament in the implementation of the Convention was presented by Ms. Nada Drobnjak, MP in the Parliament of Montenegro and President of the Gender Equality Committee, while the overview of the situation in Montenegro from the aspect of this Convention was presented by Ms. Maja Raicevic from the Center for Women’s Rights.

The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (the Istanbul Convention) represents the first legally binding international instrument in Europe when it comes to violence against women and domestic violence and the farthest reaching international agreement dealing with this form of human rights violation.

You can see video here:  http://youtu.be/PPbvDwFPt0s