Roundtable: The Istanbul Convention and Queer Women Seeking Asylum

15. June 2021

Adopted in 2011, the Istanbul Convention is considered the most far-reaching legally binding human rights instrument to prevent and combat gender-based violence and requires states to act. Lesbian, bisexual, trans* and intersex women are not explicitly mentioned in the convention, which refers to a binary understanding of gender. Although the Convention mentions sexual orientation and gender identity as impermissible grounds for discrimination, experiences of violence by queer women often go unrecognized in the asylum process.

What understanding of gender is evident in the Istanbul Convention? How is the Istanbul Convention implemented in Germany, especially with regard to refugee women? What experiences of violence do lesbian, bisexual, trans* and queer refugee women have? We asked.

The event took place in German. You can find the recordings here:

Video Dr. Anne-Katrin Wolf, Deutscher Juristinnenbund: Jenseits von Geschlechterbinaritäten: Anwendungsbereich und Reichweite der Istanbul-Konvention

Audio-Podcast Sara Schmitter, LeTRa: Relevanz der Istanbul-Konvention im Asylverfahren für lesbisch-queere Geflüchtete

Dr. Elif Artan, DaMigra: Intersektionale Umsetzung der Istanbul-Konvention in Deutschland mit Fokus auf geflüchtete Frauen

This event and the production of the recordings were supported by the Gunda Werner Institute.