What is it about?

Since 1982, the European Union made plans to improve gender equality. The plans aimed bringing together different actors from all over Europe to better the daily life of women and men. The article shows how the plans changed over time and that they worsened.

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Why is it important?

Gender equality is a core value of the European Union and its member states. It is important for a just society and good democracy, because no one should face problems because of their sex. When the plans of the European Union become less effective, gender equality will not improve.


I hope this article helps people understand how the European Union engages in gender equality and how the commitment changed over time. I believe it is important that the member states are supervised and supported in this topic to improve the life of the population.

Petra Ahrens
Tampereen yliopisto

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This page is a summary of: The birth, life, and death of policy instruments: 35 years of EU gender equality policy programmes, West European Politics, October 2018, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/01402382.2018.1490561.
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