European Parliament committees discuss report calling for complete implementation of EU Gender Action Plan III for EU external action

The European Parliament’s committees on Development and on Women's Rights and Gender Equality debated a joint draft report on the EU Gender Action Plan (GAP) III, the European Union’s plan for promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment through external action, on September 6, 2021. 

The report, which is still awaiting an approval decision from both committees, calls for the EU to fully implement and annually assess GAP III, engage in dialogue with partner countries and civil society, increase funding for local women’s organizations, eliminate all forms of gender violence, ensure access to healthcare for women, promote economic and social equality, encourage participation and leadership by women, involve women in peacebuilding and security initiatives, and build a green and digital society. 

The report also calls on the European Commission to clarify its commitment to earmark €4 billion (US$4.7 billion) for women and girls from the budget for external action.

Press release - European Parliament

Draft report - European Parliament