International Women's Day:
- extracts from the statement by the Rapporteurs
Lieu: Strasbourg, France - European Parliament
End production: 11/03/2013 First transmission: 11/03/2013
Three rapporteurs have explained the draft resolutions on three different topics related to gender equality. The report on the impact of the economic crisis on gender equality and women's rights, carried out by Elisabeth MORIN-CHARTIER (EPP, FR ), calls on EU member states to invest in a lifelong training and new jobs, promote female entrepreneurship by facilitating women's access to micro-credits and develop child care facilities. The report on eliminating gender stereotypes in the EU, carried out by Kartika Tamara LIOTARD (GUE/NGL NL), calls on the Commission to propose new policies and legislation to combat gender stereotyping in education, media and advertising, the labour market and political decision making. The report on the situation of women in North Africa, carried out by Silvia COSTA (S&D, IT), describes how EU instruments should be used to protect women's rights in North Africa.
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||Exterior view of the EP, Strasbourg
||SOUNDBITE (French) Elisabeth MORIN-CHARTIER (EPP, FR) Rapporteur: "Today there is a massive wage gap inequality. We are talking of a gap of 17% less salary for women on the same type of job and with the same skills than men. Any time a child is born this inequality increases. The OECD last report on the issue stated that every time a child is born, the women's salary falls by 12%. It is therefore a career issue which comes along with the salary issue. Women's flat careers make that, at the end of their professional life, they end up earning about 30% less than men. That leads to a major political, economic and social issue in all member states".
||SOUNDBITE (Dutch) Kartika Tamara LIOTARD (GUE/NGL NL), Rapporteur: "I can assure that the headlines that I have seen on pornography and so for, are central to what we are thinking at here today. I am here to argue the case for gender equality. And all my colleagues and my committee who understand what are the issues at stake. This is not actually a legislative proposal, it's simply an attempt to use a report to draw the attention of the Commission and others to a very, very important issue, so that equality is mainstreamed in future policy making".
||SOUNDBITE (Italian) Silvia COSTA (S&D, IT), Rapporteur (on the situation of women in the Arab Spring countries): "We notice the growing presence of the women as university professors, journalists, working in NGO's or in trade unions, willing to participate in the debate. It is interesting to see the debate not only in between women who are in secular and in religious parties, but also to observe the internal debate between women inside the religious parties themselves, on the issue of the independence of the state regarding religious input. Women in these four countries are worried about the economic and social crisis that is underpinning the political tensions. But the initiated process is irreversible. We know there is going to be a long transition and that there will be difficulties, especially because of the polarisation of politics and the fundamentalism".
||SOUNDBITE (English) Viviane REDING, EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship: "No matter whether in Tunisia, Egypt, or in the EU; gender equality is about empowerment and democracy, it is also about economic development. I think it is a tragedy for the individual, and a loss for the society at large, when we waste wisdom, and when we refuse to break with inequality, be it in Africa, or be it in Europe".
||SOUNDBITE (French) Mariya GABRIEL (EPP, BG): "We need to open up ways to support education, training and women entrepreneurship. We need to try to adopt tools that give women more trust in themselves. We have already a complete legislative arsenal in the EU and at the member states level. To move forward means also to apply the existing laws."
||SOUNDBITE (English) Zita GURMAI (S&D, HU): "We must not forget the situation of women in the Middle East who have been instrumental in the Arab Spring, only to see their most fundamental rights further questioned. The EU, by promoting dialogue, must stand very firmly in addressing those issues".
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