The European Pillar of Social Rights is an opportunity for the EU to design and implement sustainable and effective policies that benefit all - women and men. Setting and reaching gender-specific targets can facilitate closing gender gaps, achieving a fairer society and it can also contribute to growth and more effective economies.

This note sets out recommendations from the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) on the European Pillar of Social Rights. It identifies:

  • three general principles the Pillar would benefit from;
  • gender equality as a specific goal of the Pillar;
  • examples of gender mainstreaming.

The recommendations reflect on a wider EIGE consultation with its Experts’ Forum – a consultative EIGE body – which is composed of members from the competent bodies on gender equality from every Member State of the European Union, representatives of the European Parliament, Civil Society Organisations and European Social Partners.

Further information

The European Pillar of Social Rights in 20 principles (European Commission)