The Gender perspective
The upcoming Spanish presidency of the EU marks the need to make progress in building European citizenship in which the incorporation of the principle of Gender Equality into the 2020 European Strategy is considered a priority for the Spanish Presidency.
Some 60% of graduates in Europe are currently women, although this figure does not reflect the situation in the job market, where women continue to find obstacles in access to jobs and promotions.
Placing a common policy against gender-based violence at the heart of the EU is another objective that will enable common indicators and a diagnosis in order to establish minimum level and uniform protection for victims in Europe.
The Spanish government, through its Ministry for Equality and Justice, is working on a European Protection Order offering full coverage for women that are victims of gender-based violence across the whole of the EU. A free, single 116016 telephone helpline is being set up to counsel and inform victims of gender-based violence across Europe.
In the forthcoming EPSSCO Council in March, the Minister for Equality will present the specific conclusions on gender-based violence that will influence the need for a joint diagnosis, common indicators, and studies on applicable legislation in each case, since it is a global problem that requires global solutions.
Another equality line of action during the Spanish presidency is the fight against discrimination in all its forms, whether based on race or ethnicity, disabilities, age, sexual orientation, religion or beliefs.
The Proposed Council Directive on Non-discrimination and Equal Treatment is therefore a means for setting a minimum common denominator for safeguarding equality and against all types of discrimination across the whole EU, extending this protection beyond the workplace.
- Beijing +15 European Forum. A meeting will be held in Cádiz on 4 and 5 February with the participation of representatives of member states, the Commission, the European Parliament and women's organisations from across Europe, to analyse the progress of the past 15 years of the objectives set at the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action of 1995 on equality between men and women.
The follow-up and evaluation report compiled by the Swedish Presidency will be presented at this forum and will subsequently be presented to the UN Commission on Women in New York Beijing +15.
- Informal meeting of European Ministers for Equality. On 25 and 26 March in Valencia the Spanish Presidency will host a meeting of European Ministers for Equality to focus the attention of member states on gender equality.
Spanish presidency EU 2010
Swedish presidency EU 2009 What does gender equality mean for economic growth and employment?
Ministerio de Igualdad (EN)
UN Beijing + 15
Europeanvoice Empowering Europe's women 10/12/2009
EuropeanVoice Spain to focus on economic reform during presidency 18/12/2009