Gender equality: Parliament organises workshop to improve strategy

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Even in 2014 gender equality still leaves a lot to be desired in Europe. On Wednesday 3 September the women's rights committee organises a workshop in Brussels to discuss a new strategy. During the workshop experts from several European countries will share their recommendations on how to improve the situation and achieve true gender equality. Follow it live on the Parliament website.

The experts will help to come up with an analysis and recommendations for measures to be taken by the European Commission and other European institutions before 2020. They will also discuss several gender equality issues, such as women's economic independence, maternity leave, women's role in political and economic decision-making, the elimination of violence against women and gender equality in foreign affairs and development.

As equality between women and men is one of the European Union’s main values, it has always been a priority for the European Parliament. It has adopted several reports to support women, including a report on gender balance among non-executive directors, on combating violence against women and a report that calls on member states and political parties to support female candidates for the European elections.

At the last European Council meeting on 30 August, EP president Martin Schulz highlighted Parliament’s position on gender equality, saying that “a Commission which lacks an appropriate gender balance (..) may well end up not securing a majority in Parliament."

Watch the workshop from 10.30  on 3 September by clicking on the links on the right.

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