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One of the most serious violations of gender equality is violence against women, which undermines several other core fundamental rights, such as dignity and access to justice. Violence against women is a pressing problem throughout the EU, and little comparable data has been available to date. In order to address this gap, FRA is carrying out an EU-wide survey on violence against women. This is the first survey of its kind to randomly sample and interview more than 40,000 women across the 27 EU Member States and Croatia. It will thus provide policy makers with the comparable data they need to formulate informed, targeted policies that combat such violence.
FRA also works closely with the European Institute for Gender Equality, which was founded in 2006 to contribute to and strengthen the promotion of gender equality, and to raise awareness of gender equality issues by providing technical assistance to the Community institutions.
At the EU level, sex discrimination in the field of employment was prohibited for the first time in 1976. In 2004, the Gender Goods and Services Directive expanded the scope of sex discrimination to the area of goods and services, which guarantees equal treatment in relation to social security (but not to the broader welfare system).
Equality between men and women is a fundamental principle that is enshrined in the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. Sex discrimination refers to unequal treatment based on gender difference.