The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) has been actively involved in the recent discussions
concerning the European Commission’s 2008 proposed Anti-discrimination Directive which
seeks to extend anti-discrimination legislation beyond employment on the grounds of religion
or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation.
Although sex-based discrimination is not included
in the proposed Directive, the EWL welcomes it as an important step towards protecting women
from discrimination on other grounds. The proposed Directive responds to and raises many
issues, such as the shape of gender equality and anti-discrimination legislation in the EU, the
concept of multiple discrimination and the role of equality bodies in protecting individuals’
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