European Commission: Proposal to advance the principle of gender neutrality

The proposal focuses specifically on the access to and supply of goods and services. So. for example, the use of sex as a factor in the calculation of premiums and benefits for insurance and related financial services would be prohibited.Despite various political commitments to equality of women and men, despite strong Treaty provisions and international texts signed by all EU Member States, the European Commission has only taken a first step to address the unequal status of women and men in society.

The widespread discrimination against women and the need of legislation are well known. The Commission Directive in a limited way covers only goods and services and can be thus seen only as a first step for legal improvements.

Relevant link to the EU website.