The positive steps of Greece in favour of gender equality in the UN Report/65CSW

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Following our fruitful cooperation, I would like to inform you that the recent Greek policies and actions in favour of equality between women and men have been included in the Report by the UN Secretary-General on women’s empowerment and the link to sustainable development drafted by the ECOSOC on the occasion of the 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women:

Here are the relevant positive references to Greece:

1) Paragraph 20 - Law 4604/2019 of Greece is aimed at ensuring substantive gender equality and the elimination of gender inequalities in public, social and economic life, introducing gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting for the first time.

2) Paragraph 28 - Member States are addressing the care crisis confronting women and families during lockdowns, teleworking and school and care centre closures through various mechanisms, including paid leave (…Greece…) with varying conditions and applicable largely to women, both employed and, in some cases, self-employed.

3) Paragraph 30 - Significant legislative and policy efforts have been made to end violence against women and girls (…Greece…). Preventing and ending violence against women and girls have taken on increased urgency with spiralling violence in the wake of COVID-19 lockdowns and stay-at-home containment measures.

4) Paragraph 31 - Reporting the Member States have acted to stem the shadow pandemic of violence against women and girls through the provision of essential services, including innovative technology to facilitate access thereto by women and girls. In addition to awareness-raising campaigns (…Greece…), services cover multilingual support for migrant women (Greece).

5) Paragraph 46 - Some countries plan to maintain or increase quotas for women’s parliamentary representation to 30 per cent (Armenia and El Salvador), while others aim for 40 percent (Greece and Portugal).

6) Paragraph 46 - In Greece, Law 4706/2020 provides for the first time a gender quota of 25 per cent on the boards of listed companies. The Greek side would be grateful to you if you informed your political and administrative leadership, as well as the officials of the competent administrative units accordingly