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Responding to a 2009 Eurobarometer survey, 16% of Europeans said they had felt discriminated against over the last 12 months on grounds of their ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, disability or age. A similar survey in 2008 found that 37% of respondents considered discrimination on more than one ground to be widespread.


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Posted on 16 September 2010

Apart from working on European legislation on equality between women and men, the EWL has been also actively following and lobbying for the adoption of anti-discriminaiton legislation on all other grounds covered of Article 19 of the TFEU (ex-article 13 TEC) i.e. racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation. The EWL has been working in this regard with the relevant anti-discrimination networks through the Social Platform towards the adoption of a strong Directive following the European Commission proposal in July 2008 for a new anti-discrimination Directive covering age, disability, religion and sexual orientation.

In EWL work against discrimination, we pay particular attention to the multiple or intersectional discrimination experienced by some women due to their ethnic origin, their religion or belief, their disability, their age and/or their sexual orientation. Therefore, any measure aiming at tackling discrimination on a given ground should integrate the gender dimension, i.e. take into consideration the specific needs of women.

For a comprehensive overview of the current situation in terms of non-discrimination and multiple discrimination legislation, and the most recent European policies in this area, see the chapter in the EWL’s Beijing+15 Report on the Human Rights of Women and the EWL publication Protecting All Women from Discrimination.


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