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Event Announcement

Gender-based violence and SRHR from the perspectives of the
Istanbul Convention

Tuesday, November 29th


This is the second event that is co-organized by the Delegation of the European Union to Japan and JOICFP (Japanese Organization for International Cooperation) leading up to the G7 Summit 2023 hosted by the Government of Japan to promote SRHR. This time, we will feature GBV (gender-based violence) and the Istanbul Convention, the first instrument in Europe to set legally binding standards for the implementation of comprehensive and coordinated policies between national and governmental bodies involved in prevention, prosecution, and protection activities.


The Convention provides the important elements which will be useful to reinforce Japanese legal instruments to prevent GBV and protect survivors. The event will be held during the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence (November 25 – December 10), following  the Japanese campaign period (November 12 – 25) for eliminating violence against women. 

Event outline

  • Date: November 29th (Tuesday) 16:00 – 18:00 Japan Standard Time /  8.00 - 10.00 CET (Europe)

  • Venue: Zoom

  • Format: Online panel discussion

  • Interpretation: Simultaneous (English - Japanese)

  • Co-organized by: The Delegation of the EU to Japan & JOICFP (Japanese Organization for International Cooperation in Family Planning)

  • Programme (tentative): 

    • Opening Remarks by Jean-Eric Paquet, Ambassador-Designate of the European Union (EU) to Japan 

    • Panel Discussion


a.  What is the Istanbul Convention and why is it important?

b.  Effects of the Pandemic on GBV

c.  Applying the Istanbul Convention to the Japanese context 

o   Comments from NGO, CSO and international organisations​

o   Q&A  

  • Panelists:

    • Ms. Sara De Vido, Associate Professor, International Law, Ca’ Foscari University, Venice, Italy/ Affiliate, Manchester international law centre, UK   ​

    • ​Ms. Yoko Hayashi, Former chairperson of CEDAW

    • Ms. Chisato Kitanaka, Representative, All Japan Women’s Shelter Network, Associate Professor of Hiroshima University

  • Commentators​

    • Mr. Tomoyuki Okude, Spring staff

    • Ms. Kae Ishikawa, Director, UN Women Japan Liaison Office

    • Ms. Eiko Narita, Chief, Representation Office in Japan, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

    • Ms. Akari Tsurumaki, Member, SRHR Youth Alliance

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