On September 30, 2014, KADEM held the “Workshop on Istanbul Convention in Preventing Violence against Women and Domestic Violence” with the purpose of discussing the legal and social aspects of the “Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (also known as Istanbul Convention)” and Law No. 6284 “On the Protection of the Family and the Prevention of Violence Against Women.” Representatives of the authorized bodies carrying out activities within the scope of Law No. 6284 and the Istanbul Convention, academics, NGOs, senior psychologists and pedagogues, and self-employed lawyers serving in KADEM’s Legal Affairs Committee attended the workshop. Presentations and roundtable discussions were held and solutions were proposed within the framework of the following headings: “The Scope and Content of the Istanbul Convention on Preventing Violence against Women”, “The Requirements of the Istanbul Convention on Signatory Countries and the Policies to be Followed”, “Solutions Offered by the Istanbul Convention to Women Subjected to
Violence”, “Discussion of the Criminal and Legal Sanctions Aspect of the Istanbul Convention”, and “NGOs’ Role In Preventing Violence against Women According to the Istanbul Convention.”
The province of Istanbul was chosen for a pilot scheme and periodic training sessions began. As a pilot scheme, KADEM began to provide “Training in the Legal Rights of Women” in 17 districts of Istanbul, reaching out to a total of 2,000 women. It is intended that further training will be offered to 5,000 more women during 2014.