Debate - A.R.T. Fusion – The Istanbul (Non)Convention
14 June
Diana Oncioiu
She is currently a reporter for the alternative publication and a member of the “Let There Be Light” collaborative project team, created by and the Media Investigation Center. She has worked in television for five years for the tv channels Realitatea TV and Digi24. She frequently writes about social subjects – violence against women, education, social assistance, extreme poverty, social exclusion. Diana Oncioiu is also the author of various reports on the social reintegration of former inmates, on life in the basements of Ferentari (a neighbourhood in Bucharest), on human trafficking, as well as on how the judicial system handles sexual offences concerning underage victims. 
Ionela Băluță
Dr. Ionela Băluță is a teacher at the Faculty of Political Science (the University of Bucharest), the director of the Center for the Study of Equal Opportunity Policies (CPES), as well as the founder and the coordinator of the MA program Equal Opportunity Policies in the Romanian and the European context (MPES). Her areas of expertise are gender studies, policies of equal opportunities, the political representation of women, the history of feminism, gender, hygiene, and nation in the 19th century. She has published dozens of essays on these subjects, she has coordinated and participated in numerous national and international research projects. In addition, as an equal opportunities expert, she has participated in national and international projects and she is a constant collaborator of the associative sector. 
Monaliza Cîrstea
She has over 20 years of experience in human rights, legislative harmonization, the development of public policies, project management, social assistance (focused on the rights of disabled people, children’s rights, gender equality, domestic violence, gender-based violence, human trafficking and exploitation) and she is responsible for the coordination of the specialty department of ANES – the 0800 500 333 national helpline for victims of domestic violence, gender discrimination, and human trafficking. Moreover, she has coordinated the governmental endeavours concerning the ratification and the implementation of the Istanbul Convention in our country.
Oana Băluță

She is a lecturer at the University of Bucharest and a feminist activist, she has a PhD in Political Science, and she is involved in awareness activities and campaigns concerning women’s rights and gender-based violence.

She has written, edited and published articles and books on gender interests and political representations, policies concerning the harmonization of family life and career, civic mobilization in matters of gender-based violence.

In 2016 she was a speaker at TedXEroilor, where she spoke about how to turn the non-safety net into a safety net when it comes to matters of violence against women: watch
In 2012, the Advantages Magazine offered her the 2012 Woman of the Year Award for “Advocacy Projects and Projects for the Prevention of Violence Against Women.” Since 2020 she started a collaboration with the “State of the Nation” show, where she created the broadcast “Nation. Gender: female.”
In 2014, Romania signed the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, and in 2016 it was the 14th state to ratify the Convention through Law 30/206, marking the beginning of a legislative reform process which achieved the harmonization of the incidental normative acts in the field with its provisions. Seven years after signing the Istanbul Convention, the event The Istanbul (Non)Convention aims to analyse the ways in which these provisions are implemented and to ensure a context in which citizens, civil society and institutions can come up with solutions where the implementation remains deficient. The event consists of an interactive exhibition around the Istanbul Convention, with the aim of informing citizens about its existence and content, and a debate with experts  –  an in-depth discussion on the implementation of the Convention at national level, issues and possible solutions for a more efficient implementation.

SUPPORTED BY: Raiffeisen Bank
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THE FESTIVAL WAS CREATED IN 2008 BY: Czech Centre Bucharest

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