First HELP online course on Violence against women and domestic violence launched in Bosnia and HerzegovinaSarajevo and Banja Luka, BiH 9-10/05/2019
Under the project: “Raising institutional capacity to prevent and combat violence against women...
The Gender Equality Commission (GEC) will hold its 15th meeting in Strasbourg from 22 to 24 May...
Tbilisi, Georgia 01/05/2019
On 1 May 2019, the Council of Europe and the Public Defender’s Office co-organised a roundtable...
Kyiv, Ukraine 22-24/04/2019
On 22-24 April 2019, the Council of Europe organised in Kyiv, Ukraine, a “training of trainers”...
Call for tender: short-term international consultancy services in the areas of preventing violence against women and promoting women’s participation in public and political life in RussiaStrasbourg 02/05/2019
The Council of Europe project “Co-operation in the implementation of the Russian Federation...
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.