The 20th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action represents an opportunity to assess the progress made by the EU in the area of gender equality since the last review five years previously.

This report presents an assessment of key trends in the EU and its Member States in the period 2007–12, highlighting the areas where there has been progress and where challenges remain.

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Statistics and indicators on the twelve critical areas of concern of the Beijing Platform for Action


Area A: Women and Poverty Area G: Women in Power and Decision-Making
Area B: Education and Training of Women Area H: Institutional Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women
Area C: Women and Health Area I: Human Rights of Women
Area D: Violence against Women Area J: Women and the Media
Area E: Women and Armed Conflict Area K: Women and the Environment
Area F: Women and the Economy Area L: The Girl Child