Advancing the Istanbul Convention implementation: The role of women's NGOs and networks in the Western Balkans and Turkey

This report provides an overview of the current situation regarding the implementation of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (also known as the Istanbul Convention) in the Western Balkans and Turkey. It examines the impact of networking on advocacy efforts to promote the implemenation of the Istanbul Convention, including the role of organizations that represent minority or disadvantaged groups of women. The report provides examples of good practice in advocacy and a summary of lessons learnt and benefits and challenges of networking partnerships. This publication was produced under the framework of the EU-UN Women regional programme on ending violence against women in the Western Balkans and Turkey, "Implementing Norms, Changing Minds," funded by the European Union. 

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Geographic coverage: Europe and Central Asia; Albania; Bosnia and Herzegovina; Kosovo (under UNSCR 1244); North Macedonia; Turkey; Serbia

Subject area(s): Ending violence against women and girls; Laws, legislation; Accountability; Women’s rights; Civil society

Resource type: Assessments; Case studies; Best practices; Research papers

Publication year: 2019

Number of pages: 50

Publishing entities: United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women)