Iris Luarasi PhD. is a professor in the Department of Journalism and Communications at the University of Tirana. She is the First Vice President of GREVIO at Council of Europe. She leads for 20 years the Counselling Line for Women and Girls (the National Helpline for victims of DV and VAW) and the first male centre in Albania – Counselling Line for Men and Boys that tries to rehabilitate perpetrator of domestic violence and works on the prevention with young boys in the country and fatherhood campaigns. Luarasi also trains Albanian journalists in human rights, journalism ethics, fake news, hate speech and sexism. Her research and publishing activities include leading a study on domestic violence and sex crimes, a guide for reporters on Gender Based Violence and sexual assault and authoring two books on radio journalism and media in Albania.



Istanbul Convention and its “threat of destroying the norms of families”
The paper will address the topic of the importance of the Convention, the myths of the backlashes over the Convention that push back the women’s rights and gender equality.