Despite the numerous commitments made by states in the last
decades to promote and protect women’s rights, progress in improving
the status of women on a global scale has fallen short of expectations.
Inequality and discrimination against women remain systematic and
widespread in all areas.
While welcoming the establishment of UN Women, which raises
the profile and visibility of women’s rights, the Parliamentary
Assembly should call on the Secretary General of the Council of
Europe to develop and formalise the existing co-operation between
the Council of Europe and UN Women.
Council of Europe member states should step up efforts to
combat discrimination against women and encourage political decision-makers
to take into account the gender dimension in the development of
policies and legislation. The Assembly should also ask all member
states to give a renewed impetus to the protection, promotion and
effective implementation of women’s rights worldwide as well as
their periodic evaluation.