Women's response to the crisis:

Type: News   Reference: 91674   Duration: 00:04:00  Lieu: Brussels, Belgium - European Parliament
End production: 07/03/2013   First transmission: 07/03/2013
extracts EP Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality Background: To celebrate the International Women's day 2013 tomorrow, MEPs of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee held a debate today on the subject "Women's Response to the Crisis". In this meeting, chaired by Mikael GUSTAFSSON (EUL/NGL) and opened by Gianni PITTELLA, Vice-President of the EP; MEPs examined the impact of the crisis on gender equality and looked at the ways of tackling it at a European level, sharing best practice and experience. The discussions focused on the reasons that made women being more affected by the crisis and the austerity measures looking at what the Parliament could do to support women in such challenging times.

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00:00:05 Exterior shot of the European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium (1 shot) 00:00:05
00:00:10 Interior, Atmosphere before the debate (4 shots) 00:00:15
00:00:25 SOUNDBITE (English): Gianni PITTELLA, (S&D, IT), Vice-President of the EP: "Rising unemployment rates, austerity measures, cuts in the public expenditures, affected primarily women directly, more ever the crisis has aggravated the incidents of violence against women, harassment, violence at work and domestic violence." 00:00:26
00:00:51 SOUNDBITE (English): Sylvia WALBY, Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University: "Those who are affected by finance should have an entitlement in the decision making on finance, that means that women should be represented in the decision making in economic and financial matters, both in private business, because it is not really a private matter it is a public matter." 00:00:25
00:01:16 SOUNDBITE (English): Sylvia WALBY, Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University: "We have choices in the way in which we pursue economic growth and those choices are also gendered also perhaps less obviously than in other incidences. A model of perusing economic growth through encouraging full employment has particularly positive effects on women because it means narrowing the gender gaps in employment, unemployment and pay." 00:00:31
00:01:47 SOUNDBITE (English): Salomé MBUGUA, Representative of AkiDwA (Akina Dada wa Africa): "Most migrant women who initially came with a work permit and have by the time secured long term residency are now out of labour force as businesses have closed down or because of the competition with other EU citizens. Migrants are exposed to exploitation mainly in small businesses where they are offered very basic wages, Eastern European and migrant women have been the most concerned." 00:00:29
00:02:16 SOUNDBITE (English): Salomé MBUGUA, Representative of AkiDwA (Akina Dada wa Africa): "High competition in the labour market has created more racists incidents. That has been affecting mostly migrant women in the local areas. Bringing up children has become a big challenge, especially for migrant women who are own parent, because they have been left with reduced cash and lack of support from family." 00:00:20
00:02:36 SOUNDBITE (English): Sasha BEZUHANOVA, Hewlett-Packard, Director of Public Sector for Growth Markets, Chair of Bulgarian Center of Women in Technologies: "If we want to have competitive Europe tomorrow we should really revisit the way how we structure the educational system and stimulate ideas, prepare our people to take responsibility for their own life and to be equipped to build up their own business so that it gives them individual and group competitiveness." 00:00:28
00:03:04 SOUNDBITE (English): Sylvia WALBY, Professor of Sociology at Lancaster University: "Voluntary methods very slowly increase the proportion of women, but if we wish to have a rapid response, so to address the current situation immediately, then the only known method in history for introducing rapid increases of women in these positions is that of quotas. We only have one example where women are by 40% represented in boards and that is Norway, where there are quotas, all the other countries which have engaged in their best efforts but nowhere has got to 40 percent without quotas." 00:00:39
00:03:43 Cut away shots (5 shots) 00:00:17
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