The Equality Competence Center of the European Union Cohesion Policy Funds
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Yes, according to Article 7 of Regulation No. 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council (Common Provisions Regulation), the promotion of equality between men and women and the prevention of discrimination, including ensuring accessibility for persons with disabilities, are mandatory in every stage of the use of the Cohesion Policy funds. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us.
Gender equality is a principle that women and men must have equal rights, obligations, responsibilities and opportunities in acquiring education, in work life and other areas of social life. Gender equality is not about eliminating the differences between women and men, but about the principle that the differences between boys and girls, women and men must not be a reason for valuing them differently in the society. A person’s gender must not be an obstacle to self-realisation and involvement in the society.
An environment that is accessible to all is one that can be used conveniently and without any assistance by very different people. Not just people of different heights and ages, but also people who use wheelchairs or see or hear poorly or not at all. An environment that is suitable for people with special needs actually opens up better opportunities for others as well. For example, low thresholds are well suited for children, the elderly, wheelchair users and the visually impaired. Ramps are convenient for pushing a baby carriage or a stroller. Audio signals provide information to people with normal vision as well. Therefore, an accessible environment is a better environment for all.
The principle of equal treatment means the prevention of discrimination (on grounds of gender, age, nationality or race, disability, sexual orientation or conviction). The requirement of equal treatment is designed to end the restriction of the rights of historically excluded groups and to ensure equal rights and opportunities for all regardless of their identity or origin. Equal treatment, i.e. non-discrimination, does not necessarily mean treating all people the same, but rather that their differences are taken into account.