24 April 2018

Gender Perspectives as active member of the Advisory Board of WAVE network mobilised efforts of eight Belarus NGOs to support the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe. WAVE has forwarded a response letter in reaction to a potentially damaging letter, which demanded changes to the wording of the Istanbul Convention, sent to the Council of Europe.

WAVE1166This month, a damaging letter was sent to the Secretary General to the Council of Europe, Mr. Thorbjorn Jagland, signed by 333 NGOs from 9 countries demanding changes to the text of the Istanbul Convention. The letter focused specifically on recommending the initiation of the revision of the Convention in order to replace gender and related concepts with “equality between women and men”, as well as to enable States to provide reservations on the controversial and ideological parts of the Convention. The WAVE Board and Advisory Board prepared a response letter which 1166 organisations from all over Europe endorsed.

The following civil society organisations from Belarus signed letter:

1. International Public Association "Gender Perspectives"
2. Public Association "Young Women's Christian Association of Belarus"
3. Mogilev Center for Woman Self-Support and Education
4. Borisov women social public association "Provincia"
5. Women's Committee of the Public Association "Law Initiative"
6. Non-for-profit establishment "Centre of social assistance and support to at-risk groups "Incentive to success"
7. Public Association "Radislava"
8. Center for Promotion of Women’s Rights – Her Rights

Check out the letter here.