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  • Next FEMM Committee Meeting will be held on 20 January 2015 from 9.00 to 12.30 and 15.00 to 18.30 in Brussels.
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Human Rights and Democracy in the World (2013) - 1.12.2014

The "Annual Report on Human Rights and Democracy in the World in 2013" outlines the work of the EU on human rights across the full range of its external relations and draws attention to its main achievements and challenges. The FEMM draft opinion that was presented on 1 December, highlights women's rights issues in the EU external action.

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Equality between Women and Men 2010-2015 – 1.12.2014

The study on the "Evaluation of the Strategy for Equality between Women and Men 2010-2015 as a contribution to achieve the goals of the Beijing Platform for Action" examines the coherence, the implementation and the effectiveness of previous and current strategies for gender equality in the EU and its Member States, in order to promote the achievement of the Beijing Platform's targets.  It provides a contribution to the drafting and adoption of the post-2015 EU Strategy for Equality between Women and Men and of the related FEMM report currently being drafted (Maria Noichl Report).

Situation of Women in the Gulf States - 1.12.2014

The Study on the "Situation of Women in the Gulf States" examines women's rights and gender equality across the area of the Gulf and focuses on eight case studies (Bahrain, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates). A series of recommendations are addressed to the EU institutions, suggesting how EU policies and instruments could be developed to support women’s rights and enhance gender equality in the Gulf States and in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

LIBE/FEMM–EU Strategy against trafficking in human beings 2.12.2014

During a joint meeting, the EU Anti-Trafficking Coordinator Myria Vassiliadou had the opportunity to outline to Members of LIBE and FEMM the latest policy developments on trafficking in human beings at EU level.  The debate focussed on the related Package that was issued by the Commission in order to mark the 8th EU Anti-trafficking day of 18 October, in particular the mid-term report of the 2012-2016 EU strategy. This point was followed by a presentation of the Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2014 of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime by Kristiina Kangaspunta (UNODC).

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Committee responsible for: 
  1. the definition, promotion and protection of women's rights in the Union and related Community measures;
  2. the promotion of women's rights in third countries;
  3. equal opportunities policy, including equality between men and women with regard to labour market opportunities and treatment at work;
  4. the removal of all forms of discrimination based on sex;
  5. the implementation and further development of gender mainstreaming in all policy sectors;
  6. the follow-up and implementation of international agreements and conventions involving the rights of women;
  7. information policy on women.
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As chair of the FEMM Committee I wish to extend a warm welcome to all visitors to our official website. Women’s rights and gender equality are the core issues of our Committee and we hope that our improved web presence can give the citizens and everyone who is interested in our mission, a better picture of our work and bring us closer to each other.
We will use this channel, besides other communication channels, to further promote the Committee’s mandate and achievements through information and transparency to our audience. Despite many successes in empowering women, numerous issues still exist in our social, cultural, political, and economic life where women are not equally treated. Our general concerns are voiced namely over pay gap, women's economic independence, female poverty, women's underrepresentation in decision making, sexual and reproductive health rights, trafficking and violence against women and girls. We want to bring a change and mainstream gender into all EU policies. In order to do this, we need the help of civil society and all organizations who contribute to the engagement for equal rights for all.
This website is a vast source of information on what we do and we hope that you find it user-friendly. We are at your disposal for inputs about the site and also the content of our work. We invite you to periodically visit our website where you will find updates and the latest news from FEMM Committee.