Publication date: 13 November 2017

Challenges to women’s human rights in the EU paper (6.5 MB)

Recent revelations on the global extent to which women and girls experience sexual harassment stress the urgent need to tackle socially, culturally and structurally entrenched gender inequalities.

This paper underlines the need for EU institutions and Member States to stand firm in their commitment to safeguard the dignity of all women and girls in the EU. It therefore highlights concrete areas of intervention where the EU and its Member States could work actively to turn this commitment into a reality.


  • Safeguarding the dignity of women and girls in the EU
  • A comprehensive EU framework to counter discrimination and violence against women
  • Gender inequality contributes to persisting discrimination, hate speech and violence against women
  • All women are not the same: gender discrimination intersecting with other grounds of discrimination
  • Backlash against gender equality
  • In conclusion