During its fifth meeting, which took place in Strasbourg on 2-5 April 2014, the Gender Equality Commission (GEC) discussed the preparation of a Gender Equality Glossary based on the definitions and terms of Council of Europe instruments and standards. During the sixth meeting of the GEC (19-21 November 2014), the Secretariat presented a Concept Note (GEC (2014)7) including an overview of existing glossaries. In the discussion that followed, GEC members instructed the Secretariat to prepare a more detailed document including relevant definitions from Council of Europe instruments and standards, providing sources and explanations for discussion at the GEC meeting in November 2015.
This document, prepared by the Secretariat, is the result of these discussions.
Concepts included in the Council of Europe Gender Equality Glossary
With regard to the concepts which are included in this document, GEC members agreed in November 2014 not to create any new definitions, but to use as much as possible the definitions included in Council of Europe standards.
The major sources for this Glossary are the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence (CETS No. 210, hereinafter “the Istanbul Convention”) and the Council of Europe Committee of Ministers Recommendation CM/Rec (2007) 17 on gender equality standards and mechanisms and its Explanatory Memorandum (CM (2007)153 add), as well as some earlier sources.
Given the evolution of debates and policy-making in the area of equality between women and men since the adoption of a number of these standards, more recent approaches are not reflected in this Glossary, notably with regard to gender equality policies from the perspective of men.
GEC members also decided to limit the Glossary to the current areas of work of the Council of Europe as per the five strategic objectives of the Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy 2014-20171.
In addition, given the fact that the important work of the Council of Europe in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues is dealt with by the European Commission against Racism and Intolerance and by the Unit for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity2 in the Council of Europe Secretariat, relevant concepts related to these issues are not included in this Glossary.Council of Europe Gender Equality Glossary December 2015_en