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Addressing sexism: speaking up, preventing co-operating (CSW62 Side Event)
12 Mar 2018 -  A side event organised by the Council of Europe and the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations on the occasion of the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women to discuss the causes and forms of sexism, its targets and its impact, and measures needed to curb it.
Sexism has made a comeback on the political agenda and this time, more than ever, it needs to be addressed in the context of historically unequal power relations between women and men and in close relation with issues of violence against women, gender-based discrimination and gender stereotypes. Acts of everyday sexism - both online and offline - are part of a continuum, starting with sexist comments and jokes and culminating in acts of sexual abuse, rape and murder. Sexist acts, including the accumulation of acts of everyday sexism create a climate of fear, exclusion and insecurity and limit life opportunities and freedom, primarily for women. Addressing sexism as a serious cultural and social phenomena preventing the advancement of gender equality is therefore one of the priorities of the Council of Europe’s work in the area of gender equality.
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