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27/11/2020 – HR/VP Blog – During Monday’s Foreign Affairs Council with Development Ministers, we focused on the growing levels of debt that emerging and developing countries are facing due to the economic impact of the pandemic. We must tackle this problem in the coming months to avoid a serious rise in global poverty and inequality.

On 26-27 November 2020, the European Union and the Republic of Kazakhstan held online their 12th Human Rights Dialogue and 18th Subcommittee on Justice and Home Affairs. Discussions took place in an open and constructive atmosphere.

While there has been some significant but uneven progress achieved in advancing women's and girls' rights, no country in the world is on track to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls by 2030. Moreover, the health and socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis are disproportionately affecting women and girls.

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Good morning, This [Action Plan] will be the framework that will guide our external action on issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the next five years. It is symbolic that we present this Plan today, when we celebrate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.

No country in the world is on track to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls, despite significant progress in advancing women’s and girls’ rights over the years. Moreover, the health and socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 crisis are disproportionately affecting women and girls. To address this, the EU put forward an ambitious Gender Action Plan to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment through all external action of the European Union.

Today, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy put forward ambitious plans to promote gender equality and women's empowerment through all external action of the European Union.

Violence against women and girls is one of the most devastating human rights violations in the world and it is not acceptable. It is a life-threatening health and protection issue, which is rooted in gender inequality, the abuse of power and harmful norms. Gender-based violence prevents women and girls from fully participating in society. It weakens the social fabric that binds families and communities together, preventing countries from achieving social stability and economic development.

24/11/2020 – HR/VP blog – With a ‘democratic recession’ underway and new threats to democracy emerging, we need to step up the defence of democracy, both at home and abroad. In particular, we should deepen our cooperation with fellow democracies to counter the rise of authoritarianism.

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