Women Victims of the Crisis
Lieu: European Parliament, Brussels
End production: 07/03/2013 First transmission: 07/03/2013
How women have been affected by the crisis will be the theme of this year's International Women's Day on Friday 8 March and Parliament is organizing a wide range of activities to highlight the issue.
The discussions will focus on why women have been affected more by the crisis and the subsequent austerity measures. Participants will look at how far reaching the consequences are and debate what Parliament can do to support women in such challenging times.
Women have been hit hard by the crisis: they are more likely to work part-time, unemployment has increased and social services have been cut. This year's International Women's Day on 8 March will be dedicated to how they are weathering the economic crisis. Boosting women's participation in the job market will be key to any recovery, but how could the EU help? The EP's women's rights committee approved on 19 February an own-initiative report setting out what measures are needed.
The report points out that women already suffer from lower salaries and employment security compared to men, which makes them more vulnerable to changes in the job market
Some 32% of women work part-time compared to 8% of men. Women, who traditionally have more responsibility for family issues, have been hit by cuts in welfare.Many are forced to leave work to care for children and older relatives. Single mothers are particularly vulnerable.On top of that, women earn on average 17% less than men.
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||Exterior view of a Manpower agency branch in Athens. Young unemployed girl presenting her CV at Manpower and having a first interview to determine her exact professional profile. Athens. Greece. 2012. (4 shots).
||OAED (The Labor Force Employment Organization) headquarters in Athens, Greece. State run organisation dealing with employment issues and in charge of allocating unemployment benefits. Exterior views and atmosphere inside. The notice on the glass door reads « Unemployment Card Renewal ». Athens. Greece. 2012. (5 shots).
||Exterior views of a public employment office in Madrid, Spain. General views of the office, people waiting to be helped, and interview between the unemployed girl we saw walking in and a staff member. She is looking for courses a paid employment in the horeca sector. Madrid. Spain. 2012. ( 10 shots).
||Chamber of Commerce, Madrid. Exterior views. Businesswoman coming to the Chamber of Commerce to formally notifies the closure of her company. Madrid. Spain. 2012. ( 10 shots)
||Doctors of the World in Athens. Exterior of polyclinic. Various shots of patients waiting to be examined for free. Baby being examined by pediatrician. Baby being vaccinated. Various inside medicine storage room. Athens. Greece. 2012. ( 10 shots)
||External shots. Food bank = storage space. Woman, responsible of a Belgium charity organization, leaving with her car full of products to be distributed to deprived persons. Belgium charity organization. ("Entraide et Culture"). Cutaways of volunteers, sorting out food to be given to deprived people. Volunteers distributing food to deprived people Cutaways: people queuing. Anderlecht. Belgium. 03-2012. ( 10 shots).
||Les Restau du coeur : French charity organization offering hot meals to deprived people. Chef cooking. Volunteers distributing hot meals. Cutaways: people queuing, close up people eating. Strasbourg. France. 02-2012. ( 9 shots).
||The Brussels' Red Cross (la Croix-Rouge d'auderghem) during work with homeless. Social workers speaking with homeless sitting in the pavement. 2012. Brussels. Belgium. ( 7 shots)