Council of Europe gender equality strategy 2014-2017 (2013)
The Council of Europe seeks to combat gender stereotypes, sexism and violence against women in its many forms. It aspires to change mentalities and attitudes, promote balanced participation of women and men in political and public life and encourage the integration of a gender perspective into all programmes and policies.
A change in gender relations, women’s empowerment and abolishing negative traditional gender stereotypes are key to achieving gender equality. We share the belief that when women have equal chances with men to be socially and politically active, economies and societies thrive, and overall, women’s more balanced participation in decision-making contributes to positive transformative processes for societies.