Towards a Violence-Free Work Environment Through the Istanbul Convention

7 Pages Posted: 29 Feb 2024

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Ceren Kasim

Stiftung Universitaet Hildesheim; Georg-August-University of Goettingen

Date Written: January 23, 2024


Workplaces are pivotal social hubs where inequalities and power imbalances have the potential to manifest violently, often reinforcing gender stereotypes and impeding progress towards gender equality. The Istanbul Convention, 2011, entered into force within the European Union (EU) on the 1st of October 2023, marking a significant step towards realising gender equality in the EU, that also represents a historic advancement in the EU`s commitment to creating safer work environments. The Convention aims to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence. Its implementation is particularly notable as it establishes a direct legal foundation for addressing violence against women as a gender-based violence (GBV) and the GBV in the workplace as a violation of human rights—a concept that previously lacked explicit support within European legal frameworks. The Istanbul Convention, along with the proposed EU directive on gender-based violence, will provide the much-needed legal framework to protect individuals from such violence, including in the workplace.

Keywords: Istanbul Convention, Gender-Based Violence, GBV, Violation of Human Rights, Workplace Violence

JEL Classification: K31, K33

Suggested Citation

Kasim, Ceren, Towards a Violence-Free Work Environment Through the Istanbul Convention (January 23, 2024). Available at SSRN: or

Ceren Kasim (Contact Author)

Stiftung Universitaet Hildesheim ( email )

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Hildesheim, DE Niedersachsen 31141

Georg-August-University of Goettingen ( email )

Goettingen, DE NIedersachsen

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