Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015
While considerable progress has been achieved over recent decades in terms of gender equality, gaps remain. Women are still concentrated in the lower-paid sectors of the labour market and are under-represented in decision-making. The European Commission’s Strategy for Gender Equality lays down its programme in this area for 2010-15. The strategy sets out priorities including equal economic independence, pay, labour market opportunities and access to decision-making positions. It also stresses the need to promote women’s dignity and stop gender-based violence. The Strategy outlines EU efforts... to integrate gender equality into its external actions regarding policies such as enlargement and development. Finally, it addresses horizontal issues including gender roles, the legislative framework and tools for promoting equality.