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Gender equality and development


Thursday, 20 May 2010

Gender equality and development

At the 3011th Council meeting on Foreign Affairs held in Brussels on 10 May 2010, Ministers debated gender equality and development over dinner, with a view to identifying how the EU can best use its policy instruments to promote women's rights. Equality between women and men and the promotion of women's rights are not only part of the MDGs but are also a fundamental value and principle of the EU. Despite substantial progress over the past few decades, women and girls still constitute the large majority of the world's poorest. They are under-represented in governments and decision-making bodies, have fewer opportunities within the labour and financial markets and are paid significantly less than their male counterparts.

Source: Council of the European Union