In Macedonia, the Macedonian Women’s Lobby organised a debate was focusing on the issues related to sexual violence including rape, however the need for immediate ratification of the Istanbul Convention was stressed not only as a tool to prevent sexual violence as gender based violence but to offer a huge spectrum of prevention and prosecution of such violence. Ms. Daniela Dimitrievska, executive director of Macedonian women’s lobby presented the EWL-CoE joint project Act against rape! Use the Istanbul Convention!. Ms. Dimitrijevska also gave a short overview of the standards regarding sheltering the victims of sexual violence and rape using different legal acts ( Council of Europe, European Commission and UN Woman) as benchmarks for standardized services.
Ms. Sofija Spasovska Advisor at the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy had presentation regarding the process for ratification of the Convention. She also shared information with the participants that the government of the Republic of Macedonia recently enacted decision for drafting of a new for Prevention of Domestic Violence. Judge Cvetanka Peric – Appellate Court in Skopje discussed the criminal proceedings applied to victims of sexual violence and rape. Member of Parliament Ms. Liljana Popovska gave examples of ratification processes for several different conventions and she made a parallel with the needs for the ratification of Council of Europe Convention on Prevention of VAW and DV. She also ensured the participants that she will take active role in the ratification process as member of the Parliament and as President of the Parliamentary Commission for equal opportunities between man and woman. Representative from National Council for gender equality gave small information about the project/campaign "Sign" - ”Coordinated Efforts - Toward new European Standards in Protection of Women from Gender Based Violence".
More information in Macedonian: here.