Women's Rights

Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 18 - 22 February 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include the future EU budget, horsemeat scandal and EU meat labelling rules, Emissions trading, Strengthening EU economic governance, offshore oil and gas drilling and Social investment in Europe


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Brussels Agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 28 January - 1 February 2013

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include EU banking supervision rules, Modernising the railway market - new EU rules, Campaign against violence towards women - One Billion Rising, Data protection in the EU


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Brussels agenda

Weekly preview of the Greens/EFA group - 12-16 November 2012

Greens/EFA priorities for the week include the new EU commission candidate, the Euro crisis, boardroom quotas for women, completing the EU's internal energy market, migration, global climate talks, the end of oil and EU enlargement


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Boardroom quotas for women

Further delay on tackling major outstanding barrier to gender equality regrettable

The European Commission today postponed a highly anticipated proposal aimed at introducing a binding EU quota for a 40% representation of women on executive boards. The Greens expressed regret at this latest delay, with Green equality spokesperson Marije Cornelissen said:"It is deeply regrettab...


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Boardroom quotas for women

EP throws weight behind EU quota, with cross-party support

A draft European Commission proposal aimed at introducing a binding EU quota for the representation of women on executive boards, which is anticipated to be presented tomorrow, received a major boost with cross-political endorsement from the EPP, S&D, ALDE, Greens/EFA and GUE/NGL groups.  C...


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Feminicide has reached "alarming proportions"

UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo to present her 2012 report in the EP

UN Special Rapporteur Rashida Manjoo honours a terrible fact in her latest report "Gender-related killings of women": more and more women are killed around the world, just because they are women. The vast majority of these crimes take place with absolute impunity, which many observers con...


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Boardroom quotas for women

Commission urged not give in to bullying tactics and present legislative proposals

In an open letter to Commission president Barroso and vice-president Reding today (1), the Greens urged the Commission to publish planned legislation introducing boardroom quotas for women as soon as possible. The Greens criticised the initiative by a group of EU member state governments seeking to ...


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Women in the Green Economy

A gender perspective for sustainable development

The Greens/EFA group welcomed today a report criticising the lack of integration of gender concerns in policies and programmes for sustainable development. The role of women in the green and sustainable economy is often underestimated or ignored completely in international and EU wide programmes. A...


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ECB executive board

EP takes steps to address exclusion of women from ECB board

The European Parliament's economic and monetary affairs committee has halted the appointment process for a new nominee to the executive board of the European Central Bank, after cross-party criticisms about the failure to consider any female candidates for the vacancy. Coordinators of the committee ...


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Gender and Asylum

EU asylum process is failing women

During 2010, over 257,000 asylum applications were made across the EU, 35 per cent of which were made by women or girls.  For thousands of these women, the experience of attempting to claim asylum was one hallmarked by crippling shame, anxiety and confusion. For this is a process where ...


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Equal pay for equal work

Franziska Brantner

Equal pay for equal work is a basic principle in the EU. Despite this, women continue to earn less than men. Equal Pay was in the Treaty since Rome in 1957 and we have EU legislation since 1975, yet the pay gap still exists,


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Equal pay for equal work!

Gender pay gap still exists in all member states

Equal pay for equal work has been one of the most basic principals of the European Community since its foundation in 1957.  However, despite legislation, women continue to earn less than men. On average women needed to work until 2nd March in order to earn as much as men had earned the year bef...


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