Promoting gender equality is a core activity for the EU: equality between women and men is a fundamental EU value, an EU objective and a driver for economic growth. The Union shall aim to promote equality between men and women in all its activities.
The Commission’s 2010-2015 strategy for equality between women and men prioritized five key areas for action:· equal economic independence for women and men;· equal pay for work of equal value;· equality in decision-making;· dignity, integrity and ending gender-based violence; and· promoting gender equality beyond the EU.
Therefore, as set out in its 2016 work programme, the Commission will continue its practical work to promote gender equality. Action will continue with a focus on all the five priority areas. Efforts are required of all actors if we are to achieve real equality between women and men in all spheres of life within the EU and elsewhere.
This “Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019” is a reference framework for increased effort at all levels, be they European, national, regional or local. It continues to corroborate the 2011-2020 European Pact for gender equality.
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