Gender equality

EDF adopted at its General Assembly in May 2014 its Gender Equality Plan 2015-2017. This Plan is a result of EDF’s commitment to equal opportunities for women and men through guaranteeing equal opportunities and equal treatment for both sexes and combating all types of gender-based discrimination.

This Gender Equality Plan follows the fundamental principles concerning equality for men and women in the European Union, as set out in the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the Lisbon Treaty. The Plan also falls within the priority areas set out in the Women’s Charter, which seek to improve women’s status in the labour market, society in general, decision making and positions of power both in the European Union and the rest of the world.

The Gender Equality Plan is in addition a response to European legislation in Member States, such as Directive 2006/54/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 July 2006 on the implementation of the principle of equal opportunities and equal treatment of men and women in matters of employment and occupation, which sets out the need for Member States to adopt suitable measures to enhance equality.

In this respect European organisations play a key role, and EDF therefore deemed it necessary to draw up this Gender Equality Plan in order to put into practice the aforementioned Directive and act as a role model for its member organisations and other third-sector organisations.

The culture within EDF recognises equality between men and women and, in fact, this is reflected in the Forum’s Internal Rules, which holds gender equality to be one of the guiding principles for all aspects of the EDF’s work, including all governing bodies, staff, committees and representation. This commitment extends also to the EDF’s Employment Strategy, which includes advancing equal opportunities in terms of gender.

The EDF Gender Equality Plan is therefore drawn up with the primary aim of achieving full equality between women and men through actions designed to redress the inequalities which still exist between sexes.

This Gender Equality Plan was initially prepared by the EDF Women’s Committee, which subsequently submitted it to the competent bodies within EDF for final approval.  As of June 2014, EDF has started implementing the Plan’s Actions. One of the main actions is its Campaign on ending forced sterilisation against women and girls with disabilities. A report was adopted by the EDF General Assembly in May 2017 and a hearing to raise awareness on the issue organised on 5th December 2017 in the European Parliament.

In order to ensure its effective implementation, the Gender Equality Committee was established in September 2015 for the purposes of disseminating the Plan and monitoring and evaluating its implementation.