First Annual Report of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy

March 30, 2015



First Annual Report of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy

In 2014, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted the Organisation’s first Gender Equality Strategy. In order to assess progress in its implementation, the Gender Equality Commission (GEC) has prepared the First Annual Report of the Strategy.
The report highlights the progress that has been made towards the achievement of the five objectives of the Strategy, including the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (Istanbul Convention) (1 August 2014), the publication of practical tools such as compilations of good practices, handbooks on the implementation of Council of Europe gender equality standards, and two important conferences for National Focal Points (NFP) – one on the image of women and the media and the second on combating gender stereotypes in and through education.
Some of the important events in 2015 include a side event on “Gender stereotypes and sexism – root causes of discrimination and violence against women” at the United Nations in the framework of the Commission for the Status of Women (9 March 2015), co-operation with UN Women for the organisation of the conference “Ending Violence against Women: Building on Progress to Accelerate Change” taking place in the framework of the twenty-year Review of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (May 2015),  as well as the NFP Conference “Towards guaranteeing equal access of women to justice” organised in partnership with and hosted by the Swiss authorities (15-16 October, Bern, Switzerland).
Visit the Gender Equality website for more detailed information about the events that are being organised, and to contact them should you require any further information about their work.

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