The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights examined these issues during his visits in...
UN Women initiative to repeal and amend all laws that discriminate against women and girls: Roadmap for Substantive Equality: 2030
In February 2017, UN Women, the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) and Equality Now co-hosted the...
New research shows high levels of harassment and sexual violence against women journalists in Council of Europe member states
The Council of Europe has published the study “Journalists under pressure: Unwarranted...
The report takes stock of progress in implementing the Strategic engagement for gender equality...
The Gender Equality Commission (GEC) met on 5-7 April 2017 to review the implementation of the...
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.