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Equality between women and men is a fundamental right inscribed within the European Union’s Treaties. The EU is therefore mandated and called upon to take action to promote gender equality in law and in practice.

 

A core competence of the European Union

Posted on 11 June 2010

Since the creation of the European Communities in 1957, European legislation on equality between women and men has been extensively developed. The first European legislation in this area guaranteed equal pay for women and men; it now extends to cover all forms of sex-based discrimination in the workplace as well as in the area of goods and services. Most laws in European countries concerning e.g. equal pay, maternity leave, sexual harassment or equal access to financial services have been adopted first by the European institutions.

The EWL follows and influences the processes of adoption or amendment of EU gender equality policies and legislation, as well as their implementation at European and national level.

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