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International Day of Persons with Disabilities: ‘Leaving no one behind in a post-COVID-19 World’

On the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (3 December), PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination declared: “The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous negative impact on such fundamental rights as access to education, healthcare and employment globally. Persons... More

Updating and relaunching the Charter of European Political Parties for a Non-Racist Society

“Over 20 years after the drafting and opening for signature of the Charter of European Political Parties for a Non-Racist Society, the time is ripe to update this text, as we have witnessed changes in the political landscape – with the emergence of populist and xenophobic movements – and in... More

States must do more to stamp out ethnic profiling, says PACE committee

European States must pass laws to ban “ethnic profiling”, if they have not already done so, and encourage police forces to take stronger action against racist behaviour, PACE’s Equality Committee has said. Approving a draft resolution, based on a report by Boriss Cilevičs (Latvia, SOC), during a... More

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women: Petra Bayr and Evelyn Regner speak out to halt gender-based violence

Joint statement by the chairs of the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination of the Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) and the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament (FEMM) On 25 November, International Day for the Elimination of Violence... More

Ending violence against women: the lessons we can learn from the pandemic

Joint statement by PACE President Rik Daems and Zita Gurmai (Hungary, SOC), PACE General Rapporteur on violence against women, to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November): “Violence against women remains widespread. An average of 137 women across the... More

Violence against women in sport: time to act

A PACE webinar on combating violence against women in sport has heard powerful testimony from a French athlete who suffered sexual abuse in her sport, as well as a series of initiatives from the UN, FIFA and other organisations on how to prevent it. Sarah Abitbol, a French figure skater... More