The Policy on Gender Equality in Portugal

15-04-2013

This note reviews gender equality data, legislation and policies in Portugal in the six priority areas outlined in the European Roadmap for Equality between Women and Men (2006-2010). It demonstrates that significant progress has been made in the development of legislation and programmes promoting gender equality within the Roadmap period, but there continue to exist several obstacles to full gender equality and some of this progress has stalled or even reversed in the context of the current financial crisis and subsequent austerity policies.

This note reviews gender equality data, legislation and policies in Portugal in the six priority areas outlined in the European Roadmap for Equality between Women and Men (2006-2010). It demonstrates that significant progress has been made in the development of legislation and programmes promoting gender equality within the Roadmap period, but there continue to exist several obstacles to full gender equality and some of this progress has stalled or even reversed in the context of the current financial crisis and subsequent austerity policies.

External author

Ana Cristina Santos (Centre for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal) and Maria do Mar Pereira (Centre for Interdisciplinary Gender Studies, University of Leeds, UK)