On the occasion of International Women’s Day 2020, we would like to talk about sexism.
One year ago, in March 2019, the Committee of Ministers adopted Recommendation CM/Rec(2019)1 on preventing and combating sexism : it calls for specific action in respect of language and communications; internet and social media; media and advertising; workplace; public sector; justice sector; education institutions culture and sport; private sphere. It is now available in 17 languages. Read more
Sexism is present in courtrooms, newsrooms, classrooms and public transports. It invites itself at work and at dinners with friends. It impacts negatively on everybody, but women are disproportionally affected.
This sexist sub-culture is almost invisible but allowing ‘lesser’ incidents to pass unnoticed leads to an acceptance of much more traumatising acts of violence against women. We need to be able to see and name these incidents. We need to change our behaviour and to put in place mechanisms for people to denounce sexism wherever it happens.