The 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action presented an opportunity to assess the progress of gender equality in the five years since the previous review.  This was  the  fourth  review  of  the  overall  development  at  the  EU  level  in  relation  to  the  12  critical  areas  of  concern  of  the  BPfA. 

The review assessed the main trends, progress and major challenges in gender equality in the EU, building on the EU‑wide data and review of existing Beijing indicators, Council Conclusions on the follow up of the BPfA since 2010 and an analysis of national reviews provided by the Member States to the UNECE in 2014.