Debating Europe published a themed series of posts on the issue of gender equality in Europe. It uses an infographic that sets out some of the key facts and figures. As of 2017, gender equality is the fifth of seventeen sustainable development goals of the United Nations. Gender inequality is measured annually by the United Nations Development Programme's Human Development Reports.
On a global scale, achieving gender equality also requires eliminating harmful practices against women and girls, including sex trafficking, femicide, wartime sexual violence, and other oppression tactics.
The European Union firmly supports gender equality and empowerment of women worldwide, working towards the removal of the obstacles as legislation, social norms and gender stereotypes to ensure that we give voice and participation to increase girls’ and women’s agency in social, economic, political and civil life.
In the period 2007-2013, the EU committed an amount of around EUR 1,258 million to activities targeted at improving gender equality and girls’ and women’s empowerment. Provisional OECD data shows that in 2013, 39% of the EU Official Development Assistance (ODA) considered gender dimensions as either significant or principal.
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