Preventing and combating violence against women – practitioners and policy-makers meet in Astrakhan, Russia to discuss inter-agency co-operationStrasbourg 13/4/2019
On 9-10 April 2019, a seminar on “Inter-agency co-operation: models to prevent and combat...
Commissioner Mijatović calls on national authorities to tackle gender stereotypes, to put an end to violence against women and to reduce gender pay gapStrasbourg 09/04/2019
On 8 April the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatović, presented her...
Committee of Ministers Strasbourg (France) 28 March 2019
States should step up their fight against sexism in all walks of life, according to a...
Helsinki, Finland 28-29/03/19
Gender stereotypes and sexism represent a serious limit to the achievement of substantive gender...
Call for tender: short-term international consultancy services in the area of preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence in GeorgiaStrasbourg 18/03/2019
The Council of Europe project “Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic...
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.
Sexism and discriminatory stereotypes remain widespread, and affect women’s education and participation in the economy and in public life.
Recommendation Rec(2019)1 to prevent and combat sexism comprises a comprehensive catalogue of measures both to prevent and to condemn sexism, and it calls for specific action in such areas as:
- language and communications,
- internet, social media and online sexist hate speech
- media, advertising and other communication products and services
- public sector
- justice sector
- education institutions
- culture and sport
- private sphere
It provides for the first international definition of sexism, i.e. “any sexist act, gesture, visual representation, spoken or written words, practice or behavior based upon the idea that a person or a group of persons is inferior because of their sex, and which intentionally or not violate the dignity of others, or result in harm, or create an intimidating environment (…)”.
Rec(2019)1 also provides for a mechanism which requires that countries monitor the implementation of anti-sexist policies at national level and report back periodically to the Council of Europe.