Recommendation on preventing and combating sexism is the first document ever which contains the internationally accepted definition of sexism, and states “that sexism is a manifestation of historically unequal power relations between women and men”, which leads to discrimination “on the grounds of sex and/or gender [which] constitutes a violation of human rights”. It notes that “sexism is linked to violence against women and girls”, and acts of “everyday” sexism create a climate of intimidation and fear.

The Recommendation provides guidelines for preventing and combating sexism and measures for their implementation in the judiciary system, and for the enhancement of awareness of sexism in the society, at the working place, in the education, culture, sports and advertising and media.
It is expected of EU Member States to monitor progress of the implementation of the Recommendation and to inform regularly the Gender Equality Commission of the Council of Europe of the measures taken and progress achieved.

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