Valentine Berthet discusses findings on gendered violence in Parliaments at two international expert meetings

EUGenDem doctoral researcher, Valentine Berthet, was invited to present her research this year at the 8th Barbara Prammer Symposium on “Living free from violence: the Istanbul Convention and its perspectives” and contributed to the panel discussing the new EU legislative proposals on violence against women.

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies organised the panel in collaboration with the Renner Institut and welcomed presentations from researchers, practitioners, and activists. Berthet presented her findings on the ratification of the Istanbul Convention by the EU and the opposition in the European Parliament, which is now published and open access. Following the event, László Andor and Laeticia Thissen have published an article summarizing the issues discussed during the panel and the latest findings. Berthet will work in collaboration with Laeticia Thissen, who is the Policy Analyst for Gender Equality at FEPS, to publish a FEPS Policy Study on Berthet’s findings next year.

The same year, Berthet was also invited to take part in the expert meeting for international stakeholders and academia organised by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) on addressing violence against women in politics (VAWiP). The meeting sparked an important exchange on most recent findings on VAWiP between international stakeholders, ministers and researchers. It also served as a platform to discuss the ODIHR’s new Violence Against Women in Politics Toolkit, which is expected to be published before the end of the year. Berthet discussed her findings on parliaments and political parties’ role in addressing violence against women in politics as well as the role of internal forms of activism. Berthet’s research has focused on the struggles over sexual harassment in the European Parliament, in an article co-authored with Professor Johanna Kantola, and on the staff-led internal campaign #MeTooEP that aimed to tackle sexual harassment internally.