Equality and Non-Discrimination


'Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation', PACE rapporteur recalls

On the occasion of the International day of 'zero tolerance for female genital mutilation', Béatrice Fresko-Rolfo reaffirms that the Council of Europe firmly condemns all forms of violence against women. More

Reliable advice and information for modern contraception accessible to all

All types of modern contraception “should be accessible and affordable for everyone”, irrespective of their sex, social or national origin and any other status, says the Equality Committee. More

Preventing violence and discrimination against religious minorities amongst refugees in Europe

The committee called upon member States to express their political will to ensure greater protection to refugees and asylum-seekers by preventing religiously motivated violence and discrimination. More

Parliaments free of sexism and sexual harassment

Following a joint IPU-PACE study carried out in 2018 on “Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Europe” the Committee on Equality has produced an information brochure. More

Rapporteur’s visit to Sweden focuses on ‘the gender dimension of foreign policy’

Petra Stienen will conduct a fact-finding visit to Sweden in the context of the preparation of her report on “The gender dimension of foreign policy”, during which she will meet, in particular, the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs. More

Gynaecological and obstetrical violence: lifting the taboo

"Gynaecological and obstetrical violence are a form of violence that has has long remained taboo. It is however a widespread phenomenon and women are victims of it in many countries," Maryvonne Blondin said. More