26 January, 2007
Greece has proceeded with the adoption of legislative and other measures aimed at improving the woman’s place in all sectors, General Secretary for Gender Equality Evgenia Tsoumani said Wednesday, addressing the 37th meeting of the UN Committee on the Elimination of all form of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in New York.
Tsoumani presented the 6th periodical report on Greece, submitted in compliance with Article 18 of the committee.
The General Secretary on Gender Equality underlined that a substantial effort is being made in Greece to achieve the desirable levels of gender equality and pointed out that, in compliance with the principles adopted in the Beijing 1995 platform of action, it has moved ahead with the adoption of legislative and other measures aimed at improving the standing of women in all sectors.
Tsoumani stated that initiatives have been undertaken to limit negative stereotypes regarding the role of men and women in society and family, while measures have been taken against sexual harassment, violence targeting women and trafficking in women.
The measures adopted also promote the abolition of unfavorable quotas in the employment of women in the police and fire department, the reduction of wage differences, the adoption of paternity leave, the participation of women in decision-making and in career positions in the diplomatic corps, and the abolition of discrimination for women belonging to minority groups.
Tsoumani also outlined the four axes of action for the period 2004-2008, aimed at improving employment for women, facing stereotypes through Education, preventing and combating violence against women and boosting women's participation in decision-making.
Source: Athens News Agency