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Launch of a European network of ministers in charge of equality between women and men

[Brussels, 30 September 2013] Following an initiative of Ms Milquet, Belgian Minister for Equality, and Ms Vallaud Belkacem, French Minister for Women’s Rights, a European network of ministers working on equality between women and men was created in Brussels, on 30 September 2013. The two ministers invited their colleagues to discuss the situation of women’s rights in the EU; while they acknowledged the lack of real equality and the progress still to be made, they decided to launch a European network in order to organize cooperation across the EU on equality between women and men.

The network has two main objectives: to include a gender perspective in the European economic governance, and to coordinate efforts to address the current backlash against women’s rights. The EU Member States need to be more vocal when it comes to women’s human rights, especially women’s sexual and reproductive rights.

Click here to download the joint Belgian-French press release (in French).

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