Recession for Gender Equality in Europe

The economy of European countries after the financial crisis of 2008 is in recession or depression.  A rising unemployment and reduced welfare is affecting more and more social groups. Another effect of the still ongoing economic crisis is that the evolution of gender equality between men and women declines or stagnates. In the countries hardest hit we find clear indications that women, young people and migrants is at risk of trafficking and prostitution. European NGO’s will through their umbrella organization Aretusa jointly highlight various facts about the recession’s negative impact on gender development in Europe.

Member associations of  Aretusa will jointly focus on three priority areas and challenges;

• The risk that gender issues are forgotten when the European countries and institutions focusing on community and national efforts to address and combat the current economic crisis.

• The need for continued cooperation and transnational partnerships at European level to support social efforts to promote and protect women’s rights.

• The need for increased awareness and strengthened efforts at European and national level to further develop equality policies and ensure effective protection measures for trafficking victims at the local level.

A starting point for our work together will be The EU Directive 2011/36/EU on Preventing and combating trafficking. Through joint seminars and national meetings of the member organizations we will work out concrete measures on how the EU, its Member States and candidate countries can:

  • Ensure the continued effective management of the economic crisis without the risk that the aspect of gender equality is forgotten or resisted
  • Strengthen and develop the protection of people affected by or vulnerable to trafficking
  • Increase awareness and the need to develop the work against discrimination on multiple grounds

Support the activities of non-profit organisations working for the promotion of gender equality according to EU standards.

For further information contact:


BalticFem: Lars Bäck, 


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