Topic 3 Gender Equality Strategy 2020 – Areas of gender equality

The implementation of this strategy will be  based on the dual approach of targeted  measures to achieve gender equality,  combined with strengthened gender mainstreaming.

The Commission will 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 will 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.

What is the Commission planning for the upcoming  years ?

Care services:

  • Invest more

  • Support women’s  participation in paid work and their professional  development

  • Create more jobs for men and women

Care services:

  • Improve their availability and affordability


  • European Social Fund Plus

  • European Regional  Development Fund

  • European Agricultural  Fund for Rural  Development

Revision of the Barcelona  target

  • Convergence among  Member States of early  childhood education and care

Proposal for Child Guarantee 2021:

Making sure that women and men receive equal pay for the same work and for work of  equal value:

  • By tabling binding measures on pay transparency by the end of 2020 making EU-rules on work-life balance for all genders established in normal practice.

  • By promoting equal uptake of family leaves and flexible working arrangements thus improving access to high quality and affordable childcare and other care services.

  • By launching the consultation process for a Green Paper on Ageing with a focus on long-term care, pensions and ageing.

Striving for a Union of Equality – The Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025

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  • Women only represent 17% of people in ICT studies and careers in the EU and only 36% of STEM graduates, even though girls outperform boys in digital literacy.

  • This gap will be addressed in the  updated Digital Education.

  • Implementation  of the Ministerial  declaration of commitment on  “Women in  Digital”Gender Equality will be put forward as one of  the key elements. Improving gender balance  in traditionally male or female-dominated  professions and address gender stereotypes.

  • The renewed strategic framework for  gender equality in sport will promote  women’s and girls’ participation in sport.

  • The reinforced Youth Guarantee will also specifically address women that are not in education, employment or training to ensure equal opportunities.

  • The Updated Skills Agenda for Europe will help address horizontal segregation, stereotyping and gender gaps in education and training.


PISA Results 2018:

  • Usually women outperform men academically, but they are less  likely to choose careers that would  lead to highest-paid professions.

  • Even if women attain higher levels  of education than men, they are  less likely to be employed and earn  more than them.

  • The new Commission White Paper on AI (Artificial Intelligence)  sets  out the European approach grounded in EU values and fundamental rights, including non-  discrimination and gender equality.

  • The Horizon Europe, will provide insights and  solutions on addressing potential gender biases  in AI, as well as on debunking gender  stereotypes in all social, economic and cultural  domains, supporting the development of  unbiased evidence-based policies.

  • Support projects promoting gender equality  under Creative Europe, including under Music  Moves Europe, and will present a gender  equality strategy in the audio-visual industry as  part of the next MEDIA sub-programme,  including financial support, structured dialogue,  mentoring and training for women film-makers,  producers and screenwriters.

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  • The Recommendation from the EU will include the need for effective pre-emptive measures and acknowledging the importance of education. It will also address the strengthening of public services, prevention and support measures, capacity building of professionals and victim- centered access to justice.

  • Bring together Member States and stakeholders to exchange good practices. The EU network will provide funding for training, capacity-building and support services. Violence prevention focusing on men, boys and masculinity will be of central importance.

  • The Commission will adopt a new comprehensive legal framework, with a set of both preventive and reactive measures against harassment in the workplace.

  • EU-wide survey for Eurostat will be presented in 2023 and will provide data on the prevalence and dynamics of violence against women and other forms of interpersonal violence.

  • Propose measures in 2021, within the limits of EU competence, to achieve the same objective as the Istanbul Convention.

  • A 2020-2025 European Commission LGBTIQIA+ equality strategy is in place to promote the safety and peace of all LGBTIQIA+ people and to reduce the discrimination and violence they face.

  • EU strategy on the eradication of trafficking in human beings and an EU strategy on a more effective fight against child sexual abuse.

  • The Commission will propose additional measures to prevent and combat specific forms of gender-based violence, including sexual harassment, abuse of women and female genital mutilation (FGM).

  • Digital Services Act to clarify online platforms’ responsibilities with regard to user-disseminated content. The Digital Services Act will clarify what measures are expected from platforms in addressing illegal activities online, while protecting fundamental rights. To protect women’s safety online, the Commission will facilitate the development of a new framework for cooperation between internet platforms.

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