The conference "Ending Gender-Based Violence"


Yana Toom invites you to the upcoming conference "Ending Gender-Based Violence", which will take place on Monday, November 27, at the Hestia Hotel Europa. The conference is organized by the Estonian Office of MEP Yana Toom and the political group Renew Europe. You will find the conference program below.

The purpose of the conference is to highlight the debate surrounding the fight against gender-based violence and identify obstacles to this fight. Violence against women is one of the worst problems in both Estonia and the EU as a whole: every day in Europe at least two women are killed by partners or family members. The most important tools to combat such violence are the Istanbul Convention and the Gender-Based Violence Directive. The European Parliament calls for the implementation of Istanbul Convention and recognition of rape and sexual assault as criminal offences. However, in a number of countries, including Estonia, movement in this direction faces obstacles.

Experts and activists in the fight against violence against women will take part in the discussion. We would be grateful if you could contribute to this discussion. You can register to participate in the conference here:

Date: November 27, 2023 (Monday)

Time: 9:30 – 13:00

Venue: Hestia Hotel Europa conference room (Paadi 5, Tallinn)

Stream in English:


9:30 – 10:00 Registration and welcome coffee

10:00 – 10:10 Opening remarks (MEP Yana Toom, Renew Europe)

10:10 – 10:40 Implementation of the Istanbul Convention in Estonia:  are we satisfied with results? (Iris Pettai, Estonian Institute for Open Society)

10:40 – 11:10 The European approach for tackling gender-based violence (MEP Karen Melchior, Renew Europe; Irene Rosales, European Women's Lobby; Yana Toom)

11:10 – 11:30 Coffee break

11:30 – 11:40 Insights from within a women’s support center HooliMine (Viimsi) (Ene Lill, Member of the Board; Maarika Pähklemäe, lawyer)

11:40 – 12:40 Panel discussion (Karen Melchior; Irene Rosales; Iris Pettai, Anne Kruusement, Ministry of Justice; Liis Allmäe, Social Insurance Board; Andres Anvelt, former Minister of Justice)

12:40 – 13:00 Q&A

13:00 – 13:10 Closing remarks (Yana Toom)

Moderator: Laura Mallene

Languages: English, Estonian, Russian (synchronous interpretation)