Women and elections to the European Parliament, the electoral behaviour of women, their interests and expectations were the core subjects of the conference organised on 4-5 March 2009 in the European Parliament.
Only the original language version is authentic and it prevails in the event of its differing from the translated versions.
||Exterior of the European Parliament, Brussels
||SOUNDBITE (in GREEK) by Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou, Vice-President of the EP, on the Euro barometer survey: For the first time we have carried out a survey with 35,000 women and 1500 men in the 27 countries of the EU to look at the electoral behaviour.
||SOUNDBITE (in GREEK) by Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou: Women would like the political parties to be more active on the issue of unemployment; 49% of them considered that it is an absolute priority to take care of the economic crisis, inflation and purchasing power.
||SOUNDBITE (in Greek) by Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou: Politics, to a large extend, is led by men; 73% of the people surveyed think that most of political life is led by men and that an inclusion of women would be qualitatively important.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Margot Wallström, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Institutional Relations and Communication Strategy: Women get less paid for doing the same job as a man; so at five past three in the afternoon, working the same hours as a man, a woman works for free; this ranges from more than 4% up to 30% of differences in salaries in Europe.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Margot Wallström: We form 52% of the population in Europe, but only 30% are Members of the European Parliament; we are 10 out of 27 commissioners, which is better than ever but still not enough.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Margot Wallström: There is also a need for more women in global financial institutions; the bank for international settlements has no female directors; the IMF has one woman executive and the World bank has 2 women out of 10 executive directors; there an no female directors in the European Central Bank.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Margot Wallström: My starting point is not that women are better than men, but women, who make up 52% of the population, need to be represented.
||SOUNDBITE (in ENGLISH) by Margot Wallström: What changed the situation in my home country was the threat of a women's political party and that scared the political establishment, to such an extend that they started a more active process of recruiting women and also establishing a policy of having sip list, meaning that they would have a better gender representation.
||Cutaways (11 shots)