A Union of Equality: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025

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Series Details COM (2020) 152
Publication Date 05/03/2020
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Communication published by the European Commission on 5 March 2020, which sets out a strategy for equality between women and men across the European Union (EU).

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The Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 sets out key actions for a period of five years and commits to ensure that the European Commission includes an equality perspective in all EU policy areas. The Strategy outlines how the Commission is to deliver on the promise made by the President of the European Commission that the EU provides the same opportunities for all that share the same aspirations.

The implementation of this strategy is to be based on a dual approach of targeted measures to achieve gender equality, combined with strengthened gender mainstreaming. The Commission is to enhance gender mainstreaming by systematically including a gender perspective in all stages of policy design in all EU policy areas, internal and external. The strategy is to be implemented using intersectionality – the combination of gender with other personal characteristics or identities, and how these intersections contribute to unique experiences of discrimination – as a cross-cutting principle.

On 21 January 2021, the European Parliament's plenary session adopted a report reacting to this Strategy and offering an input.

Source Link https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=COM:2020:152:FIN
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Commentary and Analysis
EU Eurofound: Blog, 02/03/2020: Working Conditions: Why 2020 is the right time for real progress on gender equality https://www.eurofound.europa.eu/publications/blog/why-2020-is-the-right-time-for-real-progress-on-gender-equality
EurActiv, 06/03/2020: The EU Gender Equality Strategy is the beginning of a new chapter https://www.euractiv.com/section/all/opinion/the-eu-gender-equality-strategy-is-the-beginning-of-a-new-chapter/
EurActiv, 06/03/2020: Jourova: Excluding women from top companies’ boards is economically stupid https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/interview/jourova-excluding-women-from-top-companies-boards-is-economically-stupid/
Politico, 08/03/2020: Six steps toward gender equality https://www.politico.eu/article/six-steps-toward-gender-equality-women-paternity-maternity-pay-gap-quotas-sexism-domestic-abuse/
End FGM, 12/03/2020: European Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025: End FGM EU's reaction https://www.endfgm.eu/news-en-events/press-releases/european-gender-equality-strategy-2020-2025-end-fgm-eus-reaction/
Social Europe, 17/03/2020: How the new EU gender strategy fails east-central European women https://www.socialeurope.eu/how-the-new-eu-gender-strategy-fails-east-central-european-women
CONCORD Europe: Newsroom, 25/03/2020: CONCORD analysis of EU’s Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 https://concordeurope.org/2020/03/25/concord-analysis-of-eu-gender-equality-strategy-2020-2025/
European Women's Lobby, 20/05/2020: 4 reasons why the new Gender Equality Strategy (2020-2025) is key in responses to the COVID-19 crisis and its aftermath https://www.womenlobby.org/4-reasons-why-the-new-Gender-Equality-Strategy-2020-2025-is-key-in-responses-to

The Guardian, 05/03/2020: EU revives plans for mandatory quotas of women on company boards https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/mar/05/eu-revives-plans-for-mandatory-quotas-of-women-on-company-boards
Euronews, 06/03/2020: EU revives controversial quota system and wage transparency to bridge gender pay gap https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/06/eu-revives-controversial-quota-system-and-wage-transparency-to-bridge-gender-pay-gap
EUObserver, 06/03/2020: EU commission to finally combat gender pay gap https://euobserver.com/political/147651
EurActiv: Opinion, 09/10/2020: New EU strategy must ensure equality in workplace, stakeholders say https://www.euractiv.com/section/economy-jobs/news/new-eu-strategy-must-ensure-equality-in-workplace-stakeholders-say/

European Commission: Press Release, 05/03/2020: Gender Equality Strategy: Striving for a Union of equality https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_20_358
European Commission: Questions and Answers: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 (5 March 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/qanda_20_357
European Commission: Opening statement of Vice-President Jourová at the press conference: 'Gender Equality Strategy' (5 March 2020) https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/speech_20_412
European Parliament: Legislative Observatory 2019/2169(INI): Procedure File for Initiative on the EU Strategy for Gender Equality https://oeil.secure.europarl.europa.eu/oeil/popups/ficheprocedure.do?lang=en&reference=2019/2169(INI)
European Parliament: Press Release, 21/01/2021: Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025: Parliament’s reaction and input https://www.europarl.europa.eu/news/en/press-room/20210114IPR95617/

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