European network to end violence against women (WAVE) organized its 15th annual conference in Sofia, Bulgaria from 10th to 12th October, 2013. Title of the Conference was “TO LIVE FREE FROM VIOLENCE – A Human right for Women and Their Children or a Postcode Lottery?”
On the Conference a number of issues were opened and discussed related to violence against women and girls such as: “Preventing violence and femicide, holding States accountable”; “Strengthening responses to Violence against Women – the role of the health sector”; “Sexual Violence – a forgotten but emergent issue”; “Pro feminist approaches in the work with perpetrators”; “Women’s rights are human rights – violence against women as a human rights violation”; “Building national networks and coalitions to end violence against women” etc.
Special focus was put on Council of Europe Convention for preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul convention). Promoted as the “Golden standard” and necessity for every state to sign and ratify, Convention is the first comprehensive international document that includes prevention, protection of victims and prosecution of perpetrators.
Conference was attended by 200 representatives coming from 33 European countries, as well as Canada and USA. The Conference was also attended by representatives from Council of Europe, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Parliament, the European Commission, the Fundamental Rights Agency of the European Union, UNFPA and the WHO.
National network to end violence against women and domestic violence is a member of WAVE network from 2012 and with its own representative attended the conference.
More information about the Conference read on following link http://www.wave-network.org/content/report-15th-wave-conference-2013-now-available-online#overlay-context=users/miriam