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Equality (age and gender)

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 indicators published by Eurostat – those relating to gender issues and those relating to age issues.


Gender equality


The indicators:

Age equality


The indicators:

  • illustrate the situation of different age groups in areas such as education, labour market, earnings and social inclusion, health and use of information technology.
  • present a selection of Eurostat's data by age group.
  • identify age discrimination as the form of inequality of which the most respondents have personal experience (Discrimination in the EU – Eurobarometer report 2008).
  • have been selected to identify age discrimination against younger or older people.

More information


Promoting gender equality – what the EU is doing


Tackling discrimination – what the EU is doing


Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (Article 19)

Last update 27.11.2013