The rights of today’s girls: the rights of tomorrow’s women
- Parliamentary Assembly
adopted by the Standing Committee, acting on behalf of
the Assembly, on 29 May 2009 (see Doc. 11910, report of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for
Women and Men, rapporteur: Mrs Circene).
Assembly refers to its Resolution
on the rights of today’s girls: the rights of tomorrow’s
women, and asks the Committee of Ministers to ensure that it is
applied by the member states, taking into account the fundamental
principle of gender equality.
The Assembly urges the Committee of Ministers to focus the
Council of Europe convention, currently being drawn up, on the severest
and most widespread forms of violence against women, many of which
are also directed against girls, in conformity with the unanimously
adopted Assembly Recommendation 1847 (2008)
on combating violence against women: towards a Council
of Europe convention.
3. The Assembly welcomes the adoption by the Committee of Ministers
of Recommendation CM/Rec(2007)13 on gender mainstreaming in education.
4. It calls on the Committee of Ministers to implement speedily
the follow-up phase of this recommendation, particularly in order
to assess the progress of mainstreaming in the school environment.
5. It also calls on the Committee of Ministers to launch a European
project on a carefully thought-out mixed-sex system of education
that is aimed at achieving a more egalitarian and democratic society.
This project will seek to give girls and boys, just as women and
men, both in law and in fact, free access to education and the freedom
to choose their branch of study. It will be based on support for
the development of the full potential of girls and boys and on the
preservation of their personal integrity. It will give priority
to economic independence and the participation of every individual
in society and political life.