Women’s Equality Day
Many groups around world are celebrating Women’s Equality Day, but why?
If you are a European woman, maybe it would be better to put your celebrations on hold! Even better, you may be able to do something that would really be worth celebrating.
While Europe is perceived as a global leader in equality, we seem to be a long way from delivering often repeated promises, mainly from men. of doing better in the future.
By analysing data it has been shown that from 2005 to 2012, women are only halfway to equality with men, and progress has stagnated for the last 11 years. Men continue to be over-represented in political and economic decision making: processes with over 75% of parliamentarians and 84% of corporate board members in Europe are men. The monthly earnings gender pay gap has decreased from 22% to 20%, and women’s full-time employment rate has increased slightly.
While we could consider many more examples of the mostly unimproved position of women, maybe we can consider one of the founding documents of the EU which for an ever reducing number of women occured during their lifetime, the Treaty of Rome.
In the 1957, article 119 of the Treaty of Rome stated:
“each Member State shall ensure that the principle of equal pay for male and female workers for equal work or work of equal value is applied”.
As we head for the 60th anniversary of this event, how long should we wait before we can organise celebrations for actual equality!
Equality between women and men in the EU
Public consultation is open from 21/4 until 21/7/15.
It will cover the following policy areas:
- Gender equality
- EU external actions
- EU development and cooperation
The target groups are: Member States; social partner organisations; civil society organisations with an interest in gender equality issues, violence against women, and/or social issues; equality bodies; and other organisations or individuals.
It will be open from the 21/4 until 21/7/15 and will be used to collect the views of a broad public in the context of the preparation of the Commission’s policy on equality between women and men after 2015.
You can fill in the questionnaire: Equality between women and men in the EU.
and submit your contribution in any language of the EU.
Questions regarding the consultation can be emailed to the address below.
Responsible service: European Commission, Directorate-General Justice and Consumers, Gender Equality Unit (JUST D.2)
DRAFT OPINION of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality for the Committee on Legal Affairs, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Committee on Constitutional Affairs on mid-term review of the Stockholm Programme (2013/2024(INI))
Rapporteur: Sirpa Pietikäinen
The number of women out of work is rising and predicted to hit a 25-year high, while unemployment among men is falling, creating a “female unfriendly” UK labour market, new research claims today. A report by equality campaigners, the Fawcett Society, warns that UK government economic policies are leaving women behind with almost two out of three new private-sector jobs going to men. Almost three times as many women as men have become long-term unemployed in the past two and a half years – 103,000 women compared with 37,000 men.
The society warns that unless action is taken, the labour market will be characterised by “persistent and rising levels” of women’s unemployment, diminishing pay levels for women, and a widening of the gender pay gap.