UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) adopts a new General Recommendation on gender-based violence against womenStrasbourg 8 September 2017
The CEDAW Committee has adopted General Recommendation No. 35 “on gender-based violence against...
After the in-depth analysis of articles 11 (ensuring data collection and research on violence...
Strasbourg 22 August 2017
The Council of Europe work in the area of equality features in the summer/autumn edition of Women...
The European Court of Human Rights finds sex and age discrimination in the compensation awarded to a 50-year-old woman for a medical error25 July 2017
In its judgment of 25 July 2017 (case Carvalho Pinto de Sousa Morais v. Portugal), the Court...
The 15 complaints for alleged violation of equal pay for women and men have been declared admissible by the European Committee of Social RightsStrasbourg 27 July 2017
The European Committee of Social Rights declared admissible the 15 complaints lodged by...
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.
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.