At Generation Equality Forum, EU pledges US$4.9 billion to women’s and girls’ empowerment, commits to proposing new legislation to combat gender-based violence by end of year

At the Paris-held Generation Equality Forum, the UN Women-convened summit to accelerate gender equality investment, the EU committed to providing at least €4.0 billion (US$4.9 billion) in its 2021-2027 long-term budget to be explicitly dedicated to women’s and girls’ empowerment. The EU also pledged to propose new legislation by the end of 2021 to combat gender-based violence and hate crimes against LGBTQI+ people, as well as adding all forms of hate crimes to the list of crimes in the EU treaties. 

The European Commission was a leader of Action Coalition 1 on Gender-Based Violence along with Iceland, Kenya, the UK, Uruguay, UN Women, the World Health Organization, the Ford Foundation, European Women’s Lobby, and civil society and private sector organizations. 

In November of 2020, the European Commission published the EU’s new Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment in External Action 2021–2025 (GAP III), which featured plans to have one gender-focused project per partner country and a target of 85% of all new external relations actions to contribute to gender equality and women's empowerment by 2025. GAP III’s key thematic areas of engagement included ending gender-based violence; sexual and reproductive health and rights; economic and social rights and empowerment; equal participation and leadership; women, peace and security; and green and digital transformations. 

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