Women’s Access to Justice: Delivering on the Istanbul Convention and other European gender equality standards

Stronger society
1,050,000.00 EUR
Council of Europe
2019 - 2020

Member states of the Council of Europe have a legal obligation to ensure that all individuals in their jurisdiction have effective, available and efficient access to justice, that there is a system of remedies for victims and that the justice system is held accountable for any violation. 

Effective justice systems based on human rights standards, the rule of law and democratic values are central to enabling women to become equal partners in decision-making and development and to be informed participants in their societies. 

The project aims at strengthening access to justice for women, especially women victims of violence in line with the Council of Europe Istanbul Convention and contributing towards the Eastern Partnership countries ratification of the Istanbul Convention. 

It indirectly addresses gender inequalities in society, particularly visible in cases of women victims of violence by taking into account the specificities of women and men’s experiences and needs within the justice system. In this sense, the project targets legal professionals who are at different steps of the justice chain and who are interacting with women in search of redress. 

The lack of knowledge of gender sensitive tools and European standards on gender equality and violence against women coupled with persistent gender stereotypes among legal professionals contribute to women not being able to fully enjoy their rights and to live a life free of violence.



Academy of Justice of Armenia

Academy of Justice of Azerbaijan

Belarusian National Institute for the Qualification of Judges, Prosecutors and Legal Professionals

High School of Justice of Georgia and the Prosecutor’s Office of Georgia 

National Institute of Justice of the Republic of Moldova

National School of Judges and the National Academy of Prosecution of Ukraine



  • Educational programme package: focused on the development and setting up of a mentoring programme within the training institutions for the judges and prosecutors in the Eastern Partnership countries to build up competences on Istanbul Convention and gender equality standards.

  • Framework of indicators package : includes the translation of  the guide note ‘Framework of indicators for measuring Access to Justice including specific challenges facing women’ in all the six languages of the Eastern Partnership countries

  • Legal Aid package: includes a series of 6 national workshops for legal counselors and CSOs providing free legal aid on the Istanbul Convention standards and barriers faced by women when accessing justice.

  • Educational Curricula package: focused on gender mainstreaming the curricula of several subjects taught at tertiary level in the Eastern Partnership countries

  • An international Conference on status of ratification of Istanbul Convention in the Eastern Partnership countries and best practices/lessons from the IC member states.


Contact details:

Anca Sandescu, Project Manager: anca.sandescu @coe.int

Alla Krytynskaia, Project Assistant: alla.krytynskaia@coe.int


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