The Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men is
convinced that effective rights for today’s girls are a strength
for both the next generation of women and for the population as
a whole, within an egalitarian and inclusive society. It is concerned
about the disparities which still exist today between girls and
boys and, in some cases, regression of girls’ rights, including
the fundamental right to a life free from violence. The education
system is at the heart of the evolution towards gender equality.
Thus, the Parliamentary Assembly urges Council of Europe member
states to consider the rights of girls as a priority. They should
eliminate all forms of discrimination against girls, including gender-based
violence, and develop education in equality between women and men
without stereotyping and at all levels of the education system.
The Assembly also calls on the Committee of Ministers to launch
a European project on a carefully thought-out mixed-sex education
aimed at achieving a more egalitarian and democratic society. This
project should seek to give girls and boys, women and men, both
in law and in fact, free access to education and the freedom to choose
their branch of study. It should be based on support for the development
of the full potential of boys and girls and on the preservation
of their personal integrity.