The European Union stands by women in Europe and around the globe today, as it did at the time of its foundation.
In a joint statement by a number of a number of Commissioners, headed by Vice-Presidents Federica Mogherini and Frans Timmermans, the European Commission writes on the eve of the International Women’s Day on 8 March that equality between women and men was embedded in the Rome Treaty 60 years ago as one of the European Union’s fundamental values.
“At that time, Europe’s commitment to the principle of equal pay for equal work was unique in the world. Since then, the EU has continued to lead and has made visible progress on all fronts. We work tirelessly to defend women’s rights and empower them in the fight against discrimination and gender-based violence.”
In 2017, there are more women in work, more women graduating from universities, and more women active in politics or in top positions at European companies than ever before. Within the Commission, women represent 55% of the total workforce.
And yet, writes the Commission, too many women, especially single mothers, are still struggling to reach economic independence in the European Union. The rate of women’s employment in the European Union reached an all-time high of 65.5% in 2016 and yet there is still a big difference with the 77% rate of men.
Much more must be done both inside and outside of Europe, states the Commission and lists a number of actions.
|Through its 2016-2019 Strategic Engagement for Gender Equality, the European Commission tackles inequalities in key areas such as work, pay, decision making and violence.
The International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality. IWD has been observed since in the early 1900’s.
The ONE campaign is launching the action #GirlsCount alongside a report that shows how getting more girls in school could save more than a million lives and add more than $100 billion dollars a year to the global economy. Globally, 130 million girls are not in school, writes ONE.
The EP Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality will organize a seminar with workshops on “Women’s economic empowerment: Let’s act together”. The seminar will take place on 8 March (15 – 21) and 9 March (9 – 12.30) in the European Parliament in Brussels (József Antall room 2Q2).
The Brussels Times