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Gender Equality

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Objectives of the European Union

The EU Gender Equality Strategy delivers on the von der Leyen Commission’s commitment to achieving a Union of Equality. The Strategy seeks to make significant progress by 2025 towards a gender-equal Europe.

The goal is a Union where women and men, girls and boys, in all their diversity, are free to pursue their chosen path in life, have equal opportunities to thrive, and can equally participate in and lead our European society.

The key objectives of the EU Gender Equality Strategy are:

  • ending gender-based violence;
  • challenging gender stereotypes;
  • closing gender gaps in the labour market;
  • achieving equal participation across different sectors of the economy, addressing the gender pay and pension gaps;
  • closing the gender care gap and achieving gender balance in decision-making and in politics.

The Strategy pursues a dual approach of achieving gender equality combined with targeted actions, and intersectionality is the underlying principle for its implementation. As one of the first deliverables of the Strategy, the Commission proposed binding pay transparency measures in spring 2021.

The European Union Gender Equality Strategy 2020–2025.