Gender equality is central to the societies we must build, declares Secretary General
"Promoting equality between women and men must be at the heart of everything we do," asserted Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland. "We cannot achieve democracy and lasting peace unless women acquire the same opportunities as men to influence developments at all levels of society," he said. (more...)
Arab Spring: PACE President says ‘no democracy without respect for women's rights'
In a statement to mark International Women's Day on 8 March, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Jean-Claude Mignon, has said there can be no democracy without respect for women's rights.
He launched a message of support and encouragement to all women living in the new democracies emerging from the Arab Spring. "Women, who were on the front line of the uprisings against authoritarian regimes, must also be on the front line when it comes to the running of public institutions, political decision-making, being able to vote and stand for elections," said Jean-Claude Mignon. (more...)
- Interview with Swedish EU Minister Birgitta Ohlsson (more...)
- Strasbourg dialogues : "Women played a role in the "Arab Spring"… What next?"
With the participation of Souhayr Belhassen, President of the International Federation for Human Rights (more...)
2011 Edition: A decade to end inequality
- "We must use the second decade of the 21st century to make equality between men and women a reality," says Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland (more...)
- Women are underpaid all over Europe, says the Commissioner for Human Rights Thomas Hammarberg (more …)