On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Rosa Logar and Maria Rösslhumer delivered presentations at the ‘Eliminating Violence Against Women in Europe – Intersectoral Approaches and Actions’ Conference (25th and 26th November), organized by WHO Europe, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and the City of Vienna.
The 3rd WAVE Training Institute took place from the 12th to the 14th of November 2013 in Vienna and was attended by 15 experts from 15 European Countries (Moldova, Macedonia, Georgia, Turkey, Slovakia, Montenegro, Poland, Kosovo, Estonia, Portugal, Albania, Spain, Italy and Lithuania).
On 10th November 2013, Maria Rösslhumer and Rosa Logar from the WAVE Network participated in a conference dedicated to the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence. The conference took place in Belgrade, Serbia, as part of the project 'Coordinated efforts - Toward new European standards in protection of women from gender based violence', led by WAVE in cooperation with 4 Balkan countries, Slovenia and EWL.
With the onset of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, WAVE has launched its ‘Isign’ campaign in Austria, to support the implementation of the Istanbul Convention.
On Saturday 12th of October 2013, third day of the WAVE Conference held in Sofia, Bulgaria, the first Corinna Seith prize was awarded to Dr.Oona Brooks (University of Glasgow).The Jury of the Award, Prof. Liz Kelly (London Metropolitan University) and Prof. Carol Hagemann-White (University of Osnabrück) introduced the recently created Corinna Seith Award, a prize established in honour of Corinna Seith, a remarkable feminist, researcher, member of WAVE and teacher of women self-defence who passed away in 2010, and which is to be awarded every year.
WAVE had the pleasure to welcome a study visit from the Czech Republic, from the 28th to the 30th October 2013. Visiting group included delegates from the WAVE focal Point ROSA Centre, as well as female professionals from the judiciary, the police, but also the head of the Department of Equal Opportunities for Women and Men (Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs), a journalist from the Czech News Agency.
From the 10th to the 12th of October 2013, WAVE held its 15th annual conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. Gathering around 200 participants from more than 40 countries in Europe, but also North America, the conference was attended by feminists from various fields: specialized support services, academics, government officials and representatives of EU institutions. Among the issues discusses were the need for specialized women’s support services in Europe, EU legislation in the field of VAW, the response and support from the health sector and access to services for migrant and undocumented women.
The European Women's Lobby (EWL) has published the Barometer on Rape in the European Union 2013. The comparative study focuses on rape as a form of sexual violence criminalised in all national legislations but also as a 'forgotten issue'. The Barometer is an important tool to get a European overview of the compliance of/gaps in legislation and data collection on rape of women within the principles set by the 2011 Istanbul Convention.
National Center for the Prevention of Violence ‘ANNA’ is inviting applications from Russian speaking professionals in the post-Soviet space to participate in the training programme of the Lawyers International School on Women’s Human Rights, 2013-2015. The first-of-its-kind training in the post-Soviet space will cover Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. Deadline: September 20, 2013.
In order to promote the sharing of knowledge and expertise among health professionals, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the WAVE Office invite submissions of case studies that document good practices in the field of strengthening health-system responses to gender-based violence (GBV) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia.