Despite legislative progress made these past years, new avenues
must be explored in order to achieve gender equality in reality
and allow both men and women to benefit from a more egalitarian
society in the Council of Europe member states.
In this context, involving men appears as a prerequisite for
achieving equality between women and men. Given the lessons learnt
from the parliamentary dimension of the Council of Europe campaign
"Stop domestic violence against women" (2006-2008), the Parliamentary
Assembly should consider that involving men is crucial to make society
progress as a whole and contribute to change mentalities, in particular
in the field of combating violence against women, balanced participation
of women and men in public and political life, reproductive health,
conciliation of professional and private life and parenthood.
The Assembly should invite member states to promote actions
and policies that counter stereotypes, incorporate a gender perspective
and encourage the involvement of men. The Assembly should encourage national
parliaments to discuss the issue of men’s role in society and men’s
involvement in equality projects and to set up networks of men committed
to ending violence against women and achieving gender equality.
The Assembly should moreover encourage the Committee of Ministers
to ensure men's involvement in its work and its action programmes,
especially in sectors traditionally reserved for women – while ensuring
that women have access to sectors traditionally reserved for men,
and establish a balance between women and men by 2010 in the expert
groups and committees it sets up.