Strasbourg 18 January 2018
The new factsheet highlights the links between sustainable development and the protection of...
Strasbourg 20 December
“This year once again women in Europe effectively worked without pay during the last two months...
Brussels 11 December 2017
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the Council of Europe, the European...
Strasbourg 13 December 2017
As part of the Gender Equality Tour de France, the French Minister for European Affairs, Nathalie...
Strasbourg 5 December 2017
“Women’s sexual and reproductive health and rights are human rights. Regrettably, however, women...
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.