This political declaration sets out five key areas for action and commits the European Commission to building a gender perspective into all its policies for the next five years while taking specific measures to promote equality.
“This Charter represents the commitment of the Commission to making gender equality a reality in the EU. Women and men still face widespread inequalities, with serious repercussions for economic and social cohesion, sustainable growth and competitiveness, and the aging of Europe’s population.
It is therefore important to include a strong gender dimension in the future Europe 2020 strategy that the Commission will develop in the next five years. Especially in times of crisis, we need to incorporate the gender dimension in all of our policies, for the benefit of both women and men,” said President José Manuel Barroso.
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