International Women’s Day (8 March)

Statement by Karen Ellemann, Minister for Equal Opportunities of Denmark, on behalf of the Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers
Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers Strasbourg 8 March 2018
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Karen Ellemann

Karen Ellemann

This year the International Women’s Day is taking place against a strong background of global action in favour of women’s rights, equality and justice.

Denmark is proud to contribute to these efforts in the framework of its chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The Council of Europe has just adopted a new Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023, to help progress towards de facto gender equality at all levels and in all areas. Denmark will host the launching conference of this new strategy, entitled “Gender Equality: Paving the way” in Copenhagen on 3-4 May 2018. One of the Chairmanship’s objectives is to strengthen gender equality work in the Council of Europe with a particular focus on how to involve more men in promoting gender equality.

We appeal to all member States to turn the current momentum into action, to bridge gender gaps and structural barriers in order to achieve full empowerment of every girl and woman.

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