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The 7th Council of Europe Conference of Minister responsible for Equality between women and men was held on 24-25 May 2010 in Baku, Azerbaijan. The main theme of the Conference was:
"Gender equality: bridging the gap between de jure and de facto equality"

There was two sub-themes:
  Positive action and gender mainstreaming to achieve de facto gender equality;  
 Combating gender stereotypes: the role of education and the media




Viewpoint television programme marks International Women’s Day

A failure to capitalise on women’s professional skills threatens growth and will make Europe home to the “most educated housewives” in the world.

In an interview with the Council of Europe produced ‘Viewpoint’ programme, Sweden’s EU minister Birgitta Ohlsson said that the number of working women should be increased as part of the 2020 Strategy for Growth.
“To get more growth, more people need to work and especially more women who need to get onto the labour market, “Ms Ohlsson told Viewpoint, Europe’s first human rights talk show.

“We have a lack of representation in the labour market supply when it comes to women. Women need to get out and work. Europe cannot afford to have the most well-educated housewives in the world. Women need to get out and show their competence.”
The talk show ’s theme – ‘Women: New Century, Old Problems’ – brought together Portuguese author and journalist Isabel Stilwell, German business consultant Anke Trischler and British gender expert Paul Wolf-Light.

The programme reviewed women’s professional progress, the impact of feminism and the fight against male gender privilege.
The panelists also examined the ‘pornification’ of culture, debated the value of positive discrimination and analysed the benefits to men in accepting women’s demand for fairness at home and at work.

The Viewpoint programme, will be broadcast on 8 March by the Council of Europe and a Portuguese television channel, to mark International Women’s Day.

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At the 119th meeting of the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers in Madrid, 12 May 2009, Ministers for Foreign Affaires and representatives of the 47 Council of Europe member states adopted the Declaration: Making gender equality a reality. 20 years after its Declaration on equality of women and men, the Committee of Ministers renewed its commitment to achieve a real equality between women and men and urged its Member States to commit themselves fully to bridging the gap between equality in fact and in law.