Celebration of the International Women's Day 2009: extracts from the Colloquium of the EP on Women and European elections and from the opening speeches by Rodi Kratsa-Tsagaropoulou and Margot Wallström

Type: Speech - summary   Reference: I-060762   Duration: 10:40:17  Lieu:
End production: 04/03/2009   First transmission: 04/03/2009
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.

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10:36:32 Title 00:00:04
10:36:37 Exterior of the European Parliament, Brussels 00:00:05
10:36:42 Cutaways 00:00:19
10:37:01 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. 00:00:28
10:37:29 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. 00:00:20
10:37:49 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. 00:00:32
10:38:21 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. 00:00:22
10:38:43 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. 00:00:21
10:39:04 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. 00:00:28
10:39:32 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. 00:00:17
10:39:49 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. 00:00:28
10:40:17 Cutaways (11 shots) 00:00:47
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