The Parliamentary Assembly is concerned about the backlash
against gender equality and women’s rights that has been occurring
for several years now.
The Assembly reiterates that states must protect women against
violations of their rights (including those carried out in the name
of religion), promote and fully implement gender equality and reject
all religious or cultural relativism where women’s rights are concerned.
It considers that vigorous policies must be introduced to extend
and consolidate women’s rights.
The Assembly thus invites the member states to take a number
of concrete measures to empower women in a modern, multicultural
It also invites the Committee of Ministers to take specific
action to empower women in society and, in particular, to promote
the holding of a 5th United Nations World Conference on Women, and
to organise a preparatory European regional conference, which could
have the theme of empowering women in a modern, multicultural society.
In the area of intercultural and inter-religious dialogue,
the Assembly invites the Committee of Ministers to mainstream gender
equality aspects urgently into Council of Europe activities in this