EU action to protect and promote women’s rights

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The EU’s political will to protect and promote women’s rights is evident in the Guidelines, agreed in 2008, addressing discrimination as well as violence against women.

The Guidelines on violence against women and girls and combating all forms of discrimination against them promote gender equality, put in place effective, coordinated strategies, and address the impunity of those who have perpetrated violence against women. The document also prioritises women’s rights within the EU human rights policy towards third countries and sets out a strategy for dealing with individual cases of human rights violations.

The status and situation of women in the Euromed countries have been a preoccupation of the EU since relations with the region began. Recommendations and high level meetings on the subject ensure that the topic retains a high profile.

The EU also works to promote women’s rights within multilateral organisations such as the United Nations. It participates in the UN Commission on the Status of Women and is an active supporter of a resolution on renewed efforts to eliminate all forms of violence against women.

A further priority is the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1325 , which reaffirms the important role played by women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peace negotiations, peace-building, peacekeeping, humanitarian responses and post-conflict reconstruction. It also stresses the importance of their equal participation and full involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security.  See also: Women in armed conflict/women's role in peace and security

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  • 21/06/2011
    202 12015 1 Civil Society Dialogue Network: Women, Peace and Security in EU Common Security and Defence Policy Missions Civil Society Dialogue Network: Women, Peace and Security in EU Common Security and Defence Policy Missions /human_rights/women/docs/2011_0621_csdn_wps_en.pdf 06/21/2011 00:00:00 10/06/2011 09:31:00 06/21/2011 00:00:00 nulldate 2011062100 0901262486f38bf5 N 0901262486f38bf5 /human_rights/women/docs/2011_0621_csdn_wps_en.pdf 307647 pdf Y /human_rights/women/docs/2011_0621_csdn_wps_en.pdf 1 /human_rights/women/docs/2011_0621_csdn_wps_en.pdf /human_rights/women/docs/2011_0621_csdn_wps_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
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  • 25/05/2011
    218 12015 1 Strengthening women’s peace movement and networking to advocate for enforcement of UN Security Council’s Resolutions Strengthening women’s peace movement and networking to advocate for enforcement of UN Security Council’s Resolutions 05/25/2011 00:00:00 07/13/2011 11:50:00 05/25/2011 00:00:00 nulldate 2011052500 European External Action Service 09012624868f6080 N 09012624868f6080 /human_rights/women/docs/2011_may_25-26_meeting_report.pdf 483795 pdf Y /human_rights/women/docs/2011_may_25-26_meeting_report.pdf /human_rights/women/docs/2011_may_25-26_meeting_report_zz.pdf N ID_INTERNAL N N
    Strengthening women’s peace movement and networking to advocate for enforcement of UN Security Council’s Resolutions pdf - 473 KB [473 KB]
  • 09/09/2010
    Ensuring women’s participation in peace and security