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Gender Equality

Gender equality between women and men is a general principle and objective of Danish policy. Changing governments have continuously worked to review and improve the quality of legislation and other legally binding rules to achieve gender equality between women and men.

Gender equality is regarded as a prerequisite for economic growth, democracy and welfare, and also as the basis for the full enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms in political, economic, social, cultural and civil spheres of life.

Today, women and men in Denmark share the same formal rights, obligations and opportunities in society. However, Denmark aims at securing de facto gender equality as well de jure as for women and men. This is clearly stated in section 1 of the Danish Act on Gender Equality, which reads that:

"The purpose of this Act is to promote gender equality, including equal integration, equal influence and equal opportunities in all functions in society on the basis of women's and men's equal status."

The minister for gender equality is responsible for the Government's overall activities in the field of gender equality and co-ordinates the equality work of other ministries. The Department for gender equality functions as secretariat for the Minister, and is responsible for Government initiatives in the field of Gender Equality through co-ordination, development and implementation of the Governments policies and councils and advises the Minister and Parliament in matters concerning gender equality.

Other actors like the Board of Equal Treatment, other ministries, municipalities, as well as a great number of institutions and NGO's are involved in promoting gender equality, concrete projects as well as contributing to enhancing the national debate.