At a glance

Gender Equality Strategy

Strategic Objectives

Gender Equality Programme


Gender Equality Commission

The Gender Equality Commission (GEC) was established to help ensure the mainstreaming of gender equality into all Council of Europe policies and to bridge the gap between commitments made at international level and the reality of women in Europe. The Commission, whose members are appointed by member states, provides advice, guidance and support to other Council of Europe bodies and to member states. The Commission has identified three priority topics for its work until 2014: Access to Justice, Women and Media and Violence against Women.

Mission of the Gender Equality Commission
Under the supervision of the European Committee for Social Cohesion, Human Dignity and Equality (CDDECS), the DECS-GEC will conduct the intergovernmental work in the field of gender equality assigned to it by the Committee of Ministers.

Terms of reference