Although the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) was established 25 years ago, many of the challenges identified in 1995 remain relevant today (such as the gender pay gap, unequal distribution of unpaid work or experiences of gender-based violence, to name just a few). This report both tracks progress against these long-standing challenges and goes beyond them to assess new challenges that have emerged in recent years, including those brought by digitalisation, recent migration flows and a mounting backlash against gender equality.

The report consists of three chapters. The first chapter provides an assessment of institutional developments related to gender equality at EU level. The second chapter analyses major trends and developments in the 12 areas of concern of the BPfA at EU and national levels. The final chapter provides practical recommendations for action to address key gender equality challenges identified in the previous analysis.

12 policy briefs

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