What we do

Equality between women and men

Gender equality means an equal visibility, empowerment, responsibility and participation of both sexes in all spheres of public and private life. It also means an equal access to, and distribution of resources between women and men.

It means accepting and valuing equally the differences of women and men and the diverse roles they play in society.

Focus

Combating sexist hate speech

Sexist hate speech relates to expressions which spread, incite, promote or justify hatred based on sex.  Combating sexist hate speech has been part of the work of the Council of Europe in the last year. A report from a seminar on this topic, held jointly with the No Hate Speech Movement Campaign in February 2016, has been published – it highlights the causes, forms and consequences of sexist hate speech and proposes solutions to counter it.  The Gender Equality Commission has started work to prepare a draft Committee of Ministers Recommendation to combat sexism, taking into account existing standards and policies to combat gender stereotypes.