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8 March: International Women’s Day 2018

March 8th 2018

Since 2013, there has been an enhanced focus on gender equality in Equinet’s work following the incorporation of the work of the former Network of Gender Equality Bodies (previously led and facilitated by the European Commission).
As laid out in the Gender Equal Treatment Directives, equality bodies are mandated to promote equality and combat discrimination in relation to gender.

8 March is International Women’s Day and is generally marked by a more prominent focus on gender equality issues. In order to make information more accessible, Equinet has gathered the latest publications and material issued on gender equality at European and national level.


Equinet’s publications on gender equality

The working group Gender Equality is Equinet’s permanent platform for staff members of equality bodies working on gender equality. The working group reflects on and seeks to identify good practices to tackle current challenges in the field of gender equality both at national and European level. Contributing experiences from the ground through publications, oral and other written interventions, the working group aims to improve the effective promotion of gender equality and to combat gender discrimination. Recent publications include:

How to build a case on equal pay (2016)
How to build a case on equal pay (2016)
The Persistence of Discrimination, Harassment and Inequality for Women (2015)
The Persistence of Discrimination, Harassment and Inequality for Women (2015)
Harassment on the basis of Gender and Sexual Harassment (2014)
Harassment on the basis of Gender and Sexual Harassment (2014)
Equality Bodies and the Gender Goods and Services Directive (2014)
Equality Bodies and the Gender Goods and Services Directive (2014)
Equal Pay for Equal Work and Work of Equal Value: the Experience of Equality Bodies (2013)
Equal Pay for Equal Work and Work of Equal Value: the Experience of Equality Bodies (2013)


Equinet’s work on gender equality in 2018

In 2018 the Working Group on Gender Equality will:

  • Discuss the proposed Work-Life Balance Directive and its implications for equality bodies.
  • Support the preparation of the seminar on dismissal protection for parents and carers, including pregnancy and motherhood related discrimination in the field of employment.
  • Discuss recent development in the field of trans* rights, which is characterized by a changing legal landscape. Working group members will map challenges and share good practices on how to address these in cooperation with external partners for the purposes of capacity building during one of the working group meetings in 2018. The bridging function of trans* rights, straddling both gender equality and LGBTI rights, will be addressed.
  • Support the discussions of the Policy Formation Working Group on hate speech by addressing sexist hate speech as a specific form of hate speech, mapping its characteristics and prevalence and considering intersecting forms of vulnerability to hate speech.
  • Ensure gender mainstreaming in the regular work and activities of Equinet.
  • Support dissemination, follow-up and use of previously published outputs of the Working Group, including the Handbook on Equal Pay and the upcoming report on Gender Equality in Education.


National Equality Bodies - Equinet’s Members

8 March: International Women’s Day- Campaign by the French Defender of Rights
8 March: International Women’s Day- Campaign by the French Defender of Rights

Institutions and Bodies

This section provides links to material and statements on gender equality, particularly by European Institutions and bodies:

Joint statement by Directors of EU Agencies on stepping up their commitment for zero tolerance towards sexual harassment in the work place  (Click to enlarge picture)


Civil Society Organisations