On 8 March 2018, as International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world, the PACE Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination, which brings together members of parliament from Council of Europe member States, acknowledges the progress that has been achieved towards greater equality between women and men while taking stock of the challenges that lie ahead.
Deeply ingrained discrimination based on a patriarchal mentality, often subtly concealed and aggravated by violence and in particular sexual violence, affects women throughout their lives, limiting their freedom, their chances and the exercise of their rights. Among them, migrant women are particularly affected.
In the economic sphere, the gender pay gap, the glass ceiling and the misconception that women are unsuited for work in certain sectors or professions continue to hold back their careers and opportunities. Many women also shoulder the physical and psychological double burden of household chores and employment, struggling to combine private, family and professional life.