As Sweden has taken on the Presidency of the Council of Europe for the first half of 2023, the Swedish Presidency has now presented their programme for their presidency. Their focus points include measures to strengthen the security of a unified Europe, improve the competitiveness of the Union, continue efforts towards the green transition and maintain democratic values. The Swedish Presidency also expressed its goals in terms of employment and social affairs, as they have set out to combat gender inequality and work towards non-discrimination in the workplace and as a social policy. The Programme demonstrates plans on a Directive on equality bodies, as well as a Directive on binding measures for transparency in salary-settings and proposing an anti-discrimination Directive to the Council. These measures show an active approach in the fight against gender-based discrimination and mark an important step towards achieving gender equality.
Further proving their commitment to this issue, the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union has arranged a conference on Economic perspectives on gender-based violence on 1 and 2 February, where the presenters explored the linkage between men’s violence against women and economic empowerment.
More information on the event as well as Livestreams of the presentations can be found here.