The Gender Equality Group brings together participants from Russia and the European Union, who have significant expertise and hands-on experience in the field of promoting and protecting gender rights and combating gender discrimination.

MAIN THEMES:

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    Work with inequalities based on the principle of gender, its expression, sexual characteristics or sexual orientation, including inequality in terms of access to socio-economic benefits (education, work, medical care, etc.), unequal political representation, and distribution of social roles as a source of inequality

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    Discrimination based on gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, sexual characteristics

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    Violence and harassment on the basis of gender, its expression, sexual characteristics or sexual orientation

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    Reproductive rights and the right to control one’s own body

WHY IS THIS WORKING GROUP IMPORTANT?

The situation with human rights in the area of gender remains one of the most urgent and difficult to change issues in both Russia and the EU.

Reports from leading international experts show that even in the most economically and socially developed countries, gender inequality continues to be a serious problem (for example here). According to their predictions, in some aspects, for instance, economic – overcoming inequality with the current rate of problem solving will be possible not earlier than in 200 years. It is proved that gender inequality is not only a problem of individuals or social groups, but also hampers the socio-economic development of entire countries and regions (European Institute for Gender Equality, 2017).

Despite the signs of persisting serious problems in the field of gender inequality in the European Union, a number of EU member states lead the world statistics of countries that have achieved unprecedented progress in this area (World Economic Forum, 2018). Unfortunately, the situation with gender equality in Russia is one of the most disturbing ones, and it only continues to deteriorate (World Bank, 2018).

Participants of this Working Group believe that representatives of Russian civil society, as well as civil society in several EU countries, can contribute to addressing the problems of gender inequality, by following the experience of those European countries that have achieved significant success in this area.

WORKING GROUP COORDINATORS

2B Mikhail Tumasov

Mikhail Tumasov, Russian LGBT-network, Russia

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Elena Burmitskaya, Green Light for the Civil Initiatives’ Foundation (GLCIF), Bulgaria