In defining and implementing its policies and activities, the EU aims to combat discrimination based on sex, racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age and sexual orientation (Article 10 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union).
In some of these areas, it is already possible to gauge from statistics if and how far equality has been achieved, but for others information is still to be developed. There are two main strands of equality data published by Eurostat – those relating to gender issues and those relating to age issues.
- show how men and women fare in areas such as education, labour market, earnings and social inclusion, childcare, health and information society
- present a selection of Eurostat's sex-disaggregated data and link to further statistics
- were chosen based on EU policy documents such as the strategy for equality between women and men (2010-2015), the women's charter (2010) and the roadmap for equality between women and men (2006-2010)
- illustrate the situation of different age groups in areas such as education, labour market, earnings and social inclusion, health and information society
- present a selection of Eurostat's data by age group