Women's Rights

Equal treatment

EP vote will stengthen EU rules on equal treatment for self-employed men and women but falls short on key issues

Today the European Parliament voted in favour of a compromise agreement revising EU rules on the equal treatment of self-employed men and women (1). Following the vote, Green/ICV MEP Raül Romevasaid: "Today's vote will help strengthen EU rules on the equal treatment of self-empl...


International Women's Day

EU must take new measures to improve gender equality in face of economic crisis

On 8 March, International Women's Day, Green MEPs Marije Cornelissen and Raül Romeva took the opportunity to comment on the Commission's new "Women's Charter" and call for new measures in the fight for improved gender equality.

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Killer's Paradise


A film about killings of women in Guatemala

On the occasion of the International Women's Day, the Greens/EFA invite you to a film screening. Since 1999, more than two thousand women have been murdered in Guatemala, with the numbers escalating every year. Yet policy, decision-makers and government officials continue to turn a blind eye.

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Parental leave

EU Parliament raises minimum maternity and paternity leave standards

A majority of MEPs in the European Parliament committee for women's rights and gender equality have voted in favour of a legislative report that sets a minimum threshold of fully paid maternity leave of 20 weeks, with additional paternity leave (also at full pay) of at least 2 weeks.

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Greens' action on paternity leave


Green MEPs, parents and children call for guaranteed paternity leave

Green MEPs, parents and their children gathered before a crucial vote by the EU Parliament committee on women's rights and gender equality on 23 February 2010. The committee voted in favour of two weeks fully paid leave for fathers, as well as an increase to 20 weeks fully paid maternity leave.


Violence against women

EU needs zero tolerance strategy for violence against women

On the occasion of the 10th UN International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the EU Parliament will today debate (and on Thursday vote) on a resolution on the issue. Raül Romeva, Greens/EFA Vice-President and member of the EP women's rights and gender equality committee, sta...

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¡Ni una muerta más!


A conference about feminicide - State of play and perspectives

Feminicide is the most brutal form of violence against women. The killing of women is an immense problem, especially (but not only) in Mexico and Central America. In view of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, this is the right moment to take stock of the situation.

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Parental leave

Conservatives and Liberals play political hide-and-seek on maternity leave vote

Today a majority led by the conservative EPP-ED group (supported by ALDE) successfully postponed a vote on the Estrela report, which relates to maternity and paternity leave, as well as improved protection against workplace discrimination for working mothers. The report was previously adop...


The Greens' Book

14 policy papers of the Greens in the European Parliament

Greens present an overview of their activities in the European Parliament and highlight their achievements during the legislative period while presenting what they want for the new Parliament.

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