This eighth report on equality between men and women describes developments towards gender equality in the European Union in 2010. Last year was a significant year for the European Commission’s work of advancing gender equality. We adopted a Women’s Charter on 5 March 2010 and by doing so, committed to strengthening gender equality in all our policies. We also adopted the Strategy for Equality between Women and Men (2010-2015) on 21 September which is an action plan to promote gender equality that will guide our actions for the period 2010-2015. These actions represent a political commitment by each member of the European Commission to advance equality between women and men in their own portfolios.