Although inequalities still exist, the EU has made significant progress in gender equality over the last decades. This is the result of
- equal treatment legislation
- gender mainstreaming, integration of the gender perspective into all other policies
- specific measures for the advancement of women
Encouraging trends are the higher number of women in the labour market and their progress in securing better education and training.
However, gender gaps remain and in the labour market, women are still over-represented in lower-paid sectors and under-represented in decision-making positions.
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The current achievements within the EU can be reviewed here.