Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019
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.
Here you can see Direct Link to Full 27-Page 2015 European Commission Publication.
Today, Monday 7 December 2015, EU Ministers for gender equality meet for the EPSCO Council and will “exchange views on the strategic commitment to gender equality 2016-2019”.
You can see here the agenda of the meeting:
And here it is the so-called ‘strategic engagement’: Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019
This strategic commitment is not the EU Strategy that the Ministers, the European Parliament and the women’s organizations were expecting. European Women’s Lobby (EWL) called it “a staff working document…women are halfway to equality in Europe: it is time for real commitment and change, because it is about #ourfuture”.
EU Vice-President Timmermans said “I’m a feminist” at the United Nations last September. Let’s see these words transformed into action: into a meaningful and ambitious EU Strategy for equality between women and men #fromwordstoaction.
A press and social media will take action on Monday, to put more pressure on the Commission. EWL prepared a video, using images of Timmermans saying “I’m a feminist”, and will disseminate today:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FUw5tUX8bTA (made by Elvira J)
Please share our facebook post today.
For those who have twitter (organization or personal), share it too on twitter, and follow UWE and EWL twitter account!
Thanks a lot for this collective action on Monday!