UniSAFE is glad to announce that Johanna Nelles, the Council of Europe’s Head of the Unit on Violence against Women and Executive Secretary to the Istanbul Convention, will deliver the keynote speech at the UniSAFE Community kickoff meeting on 29 September.
The Istanbul Convention, which recently marked its 10th anniversary, recognises violence against women as a violation of human rights and a form of discrimination against women. It is one of the most far-reaching international legal instruments to set out binding obligations to prevent and combat violence against women. Over the past 10 years, it has guided numerous states in advancing their legislation and policies to prevent and combat violence against women effectively.
The Convention represents a benchmark for the UniSAFE project, which builds on its four pillars and further expands them to reach a more comprehensive understanding of gender-based violence in academia.
Mrs Nelles will deliver her speech to the representatives of all institutions participating in the UniSAFE project. These institutions are keen on eradicating gender-based violence from academia, and are leading the way by taking part in the largest survey on the topic in the research sector.