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Fifty years of European Union gender equality policy and future challenges

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Frame of Image ved in three stages. Initially, policy focuses on the civil and economic rights of women, then it moves to considering how to advance the real situation of women and address roadblocks to their progress and finally it attempts to look at the relationship between the sexes through a gender perspective and apply those insights to policy using the techniques and strategies of gender mainstreaming. The most recent challenge for the EU is to address the issue of differences within the groups of women and men, thanks to intersecting issues of equality such as race and sexual orientation. Key words : gender equality policy, European Union, women's rights
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If you were a Belgian married woman in 1957, you could not have your own bank account or own property without being co-signed by your husband. You would only have been able to vote since 1948. If you happened to be working, you would have to retire at 60 years of age, and probably your salary would have been significantly less than that of the man working next to you. It would be very unlikely that you had been to university. Even in 1970 less than 10% of university students were female. Belgium, one of the founding member countries of the European Union reflected the position of women elsewhere in Europe. To our eyes today, accustomed to equal rights being guaranteed by law, women’s situation in post war Europe seems like science fiction, yet then it was the most ‘normal’ thing in the world. Even though the UN establis


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Title Fifty years of European Union gender equality policy and future challenges
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Material Type Articles
Author(English)

Woodward, Alison E.

Publisher

[Seoul]:KWDI

Date 2010
Journal Title; Vol./Issue GSPR:2010 Vol.3
Pages 26
Language English
File Type Documents
Original Format pdf
Subject Social Development < Gender
Holding KDI School of Public Policy and Management

Abstract

In this paper, we aim to examine the progress in making policy for gender equality in the
European Union. First we will briefly discuss how this story relates to European integration
in general, and why European Union policy seems to see women primarily as workers. Then
we will look at how policy on equality has evolved in three stages. Initially, policy focuses on
the civil and economic rights of women, then it moves to considering how to advance the real
situation of women and address roadblocks to their progress and finally it attempts to look at
the relationship between the sexes through a gender perspective and apply those insights to
policy using the techniques and strategies of gender mainstreaming. The most recent challenge
for the EU is to address the issue of differences within the groups of women and men,
thanks to intersecting issues of equality such as race and sexual orientation.

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