EU Gender Action Plan III: Ambitions Amid Global Backlash On Gender Equality

On 25 November 2020, the European Commission published its third Gender Action Plan “An ambitious vision on gender equality and women’s empowerment for EU external action”.

More commonly known as GAP III, this document will be the framework for the promotion of gender equality, women’s and LGBTIQ+ rights in EU external action for the next five years.

EuroMed Rights welcomes the current proposal and appreciates the incorporation of a majority of its recommendations, that were brought forward by member organisations part of its Working Group on Women’s Rights and Gender Justice. However, there is room for improvement to ensure that GAP III will deliver in spite of the general context of backlash against gender equality both outside and inside the European Union (EU).

The following document discusses and suggests 10 recommendations: