Gender equality is a fundamental right recognised since the Treaty of Rome in 1957 and the Charter of Fundamental Rights as well as in Article 8 of the TFEU. Despite the fact that the EU has adopted numerous texts to ensure equal opportunities and treatment for men and women and to combat all forms of discrimination based on sex, insufficient progress has been made and many inequalities still persist. Even though the CJEU has clarified that gender equality law also applies to equal treatment for transgender people, this principle is unevenly enforced across the EU. We want an inclusive and equal Europe for everyone. There is still a long way to go.
This is why we call on Youth to Step it up for Gender Equality, because sexual and reproductive health and rights, violence against women, Lesbian Gay Bi Trans Intersex rights, economic independence, the rise of anti-gender and anti-feminist movements are your fight. We wish to pass on the torch to a new generation of citizens actively committed to gender equality.
Step it up for Gender Equality is an interactive and inspiring initiative to promote dialogue, exchange, learning and networking for people engaged in promoting gender equality in their daily lives. Organised by the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, in collaboration with the Foundation for European Progressive Studies, PES Women, Young European Socialists, Rainbow Rose and the Global Progressive Forum.
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