EU and the global development framework after 2015 - vote - 6.11.2014
FEMM will vote on the opinion to the DEVE own-initiative report on "the EU and the global development framework after 2015". Other than underlining the importance of gender equality as a stand-alone goal for the post-2015 development framework, the draftsperson Ms Malin Björk draws attention to gender equality and international trade, the fight against poverty from a feminist point of view and LGBT groups rights. 85 amendments have been tabled to attract attention, amongst other things, to the situation of women in conflict areas and inclusive sustainable development.
Legislative INI Report on Combatting Violence Against Women - oral question - vote
FEMM will vote on a draft oral question to be tabled in the plenary session of November II, concerning the follow up of the European Parliament Legislative Initiative Report on Combatting Violence Against Women. The draft text asks the Commission which initiatives it intends to take in this sensitive area.
Istanbul Convention - exchange of views - 5.11.2014
On 1 August 2014 the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence entered into force. Also referred to as ‘Istanbul Convention’, it is the first European treaty specifically targeting violence against women and domestic violence. The Istanbul Convention is based on the understanding that violence against women is a form of gender-based violence that is committed against women because they are women. To date it has been signed by 36 Council of Europe member states and ratified by 15 (status as of 27/10/14). During our next meeting of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality we will hold an exchange of views with Humbert de Biollay, from the Council of Europe, state of play as regards its entry into force and implementation.
"Spring forward for women" - conference - 5.11.2014
The conference "Spring forward for women", co-organised by UN women and the European Commission, takes place on 5 November 2014 from 9:00 to 18:30 and will be hosted by the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee of the European Parliament. The conference aims to bring together women parliamentarians from the Arab States and members of the European Parliament to foster expertise, experience sharing and networking around key issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment in both the European Union and the Arab States.