The European Committee of Social Rights declared admissible the 15 complaints lodged by University Women of Europe in 2016 for alleged violation of the rights to work, to fair remuneration, and to equal opportunities and equal treatment in employment and occupation without discrimination on the grounds of sex. The next step in the procedure will be the decision by the Committee on the merits of each of the complaints.
The 15 complaints for alleged violation of equal pay for women and men have been declared admissible by the European Committee of Social Rights
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In March 2019, the Committee of Ministers adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2019)1 on preventing and combating sexism : it calls for specific action in respect of language and communications; internet and social media; media, advertising and other communication methods; workplace; public sector; justice sector; education institutions culture and sport; private sphere. It is currently available in 25 languages as well as in the English and French official versions.
The COVID-19 crisis has strong gender equality-related impacts, including alarmingly high levels of violence against women. The Council of Europe divisions on Gender Equality and on Violence Against Women have developed a new webpage gathering information about actions undertaken by member states, the Council of Europe and other international organisations and civil society organisations to analyse and mitigate the gendered impacts of COVID-19.