LGBTI equality and human rights in Europe and Central Asia

Challenging gender roles to achieve gender equality

8 March – International Women’s Day

Read ILGA-Europe's statement on the International Women's Day 2013 here...

Whether it is a pay gap between women and men, violence against women, discrimination against LGBTI people, homophobia and transphobia, the root cause is the same - gender roles and gender stereotypes. Almost everything around us still reflects traditional dualistic and patriarchal perceptions of how ‘real women’ and real men’ should look, what job they should do and who they should love, etc. ILGA-Europe believes gender equality is everyone’s business. Only by challenging such patriarchal gender roles and stereotypes we can achieve true gender equality.