Gender discrimination, sexist hate speech and gender-based violence against women and girls : contribution to the third Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights, November 2017
Women and girls in the European Union (EU) experience persistent gender discrimination and gender-based violence, as evidence collected by the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) confirms. This severely limits the ability of women and girls to enjoy their rights and to participate on an equal footing in society. Recent revelations on the global extent to which women and girls experience sexual harassment stress the urgent need to tackle socially, culturally and structurally entrenched gender inequalities. This FRA contribution to the third Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights ‘Women's... rights in turbulent times’ looks at core human rights commitments. It balances these against selected evidence on gender discrimination, sexist hate speech and gender-based violence against women and girls in the EU. The paper underlines the need for EU institutions and Member States to stand firm in their commitment to safeguard the dignity of all women and girls in the EU. It therefore highlights concrete areas of intervention where the EU and its Member States could work actively to turn this commitment into a reality.