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Today we celebrate the role of women in our communities and remember the daily struggles that many women in the EU and beyond still face, as well as the historical fight for gender equality. At EU level, a lot has already been achieved to combat gender-based discrimination through many legislative initiatives and actions in different policy areas, but the work is far from finished.
Ahead of International Women's Day, the Commission publishes the new edition of the report on equality between women and men in the EU
Today, the European Commission has proposed for the European Union to ratify the Council of Europe's Istanbul Convention, a comprehensive international treaty on combatting violence against women and domestic violence. This reaffirms once more the European Union's solid commitment to fight gender-based violence.
Public consultation on possible action addressing the challenges of work-life balance faced by working parents and caregivers
Public consultation on the implementation and application of Council Directive 79/7/EEC on the progressive implementation of the principle of equal treatment for men and women in matters of so
Statement of First Vice President Timmermans and Commissioners Thyssen and Jourova on European Equal Pay Day
In the context of the Mutual Learning Programme in gender equality, the Commission organised an exchange of good practice seminar on gender segregation in the labour market and education. A total of 18 Member States participated in this seminar, which took place in Copenhagen at the end of September. All papers related to this seminar are now published.
Gender equality: Commission launches public consultation on equal treatment of men and women on social security
According to the report, the gender pension gap in the EU remains very wide, with women receiving pensions that are on average 40% lower than men's. The gender pension gap varies greatly from country to country, ranging from a 4% to 46% difference in pensions between men and women.
New publication from the Equality legislation unit of DG Justice and Consumers - Reversing the burden of proof: Practical dilemmas at the European and national level (2014)
New report on 'Reversing the burden of proof: Practical dilemmas at the European and national level (2014)'
On the occasion of International Women's Day, the European Commission has launched the third edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators to reward three women who have achieved outstanding innovations and brought them to market.
The Special Eurobarometer 428 on Gender Equality, conducted at the request of the Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, suggests that three quarters of Europeans (76%) think that tackling inequality between men and women should be an EU priority. Europeans are most likely to say that “violence against women” is the gender inequality issue that should be dealt with the most urgently, followed by “women being paid less than men for the same work”.
The new annual report on equality between women and men, published today, presents the most recent developments and key EU actions on gender equality.
Did you know that only 16% of employed people work in mixed occupations? By using new investigating methods, this report shows the prevalence of gender segregation by occupation and its consequences on working conditions and wages.
Statement by Commissioner Věra Jourová following the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council
The Commission has published a study on "statistical data on women entrepreneurs in Europe". Data shows that women entrepreneurs constitute 29% of entrepreneurs (11.6 million) in Europe. Since 2008 there has been a 3%increase of women entrepreneurs in the EU.
In October 2014, Finland hosted a seminar to discuss the role of men in gender equality. Austria and Iceland joined the seminar as associated countries and presented their policies on supporting paternity and parental leave. A total of 15 countries participated in the seminar and produced discussion and comments papers, which are now available online.
On 6-7 November 2014, the Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting was held in Geneva. The meeting, which was organised by the UN Economic Commission for Europe, addressed the 'unfinished business of gender equality'.
The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) has published summary results of its EU-wide survey on women's experiences of violence in 22 EU languages.
Watch live - 2014 EU Presidency Conference on the Beijing Platform for Action: gender equality in Europe
If you want to follow the next steps in the discussion on gender equality policies post-2015, please watch the discussion at the Italian Presidency conference co-financed by the European Commission. Relevant stakeholders, including EU gender equality ministers, EU institutions, policy makers, NGOs, social partners, experts from the 28 EU Member States, and UN-Women, will discuss achievements of and future challenges for the promotion of gender equality in the EU and on a global level.
On 11-12 September 2014 the UK hosted a seminar on encouraging female entrepreneurship. A total of 13 countries participated in the meeting, all of which have produced discussion and comment papers. These papers are now available online.
The gender total earnings gap was 37.1 % in the EU-27 in 2010. This gap reflects three major sources of differences between the average earnings of women versus men: the gender pay gap, the gap in number of hours in paid work, and the gender gap in employment.
On 3-4 June 2014 Austria hosted a seminar on gender impact assessment. A total of 17 countries participated in the meeting, all of which have produced discussion and comment papers. These papers are now available online.
Factsheet on improving the gender balance in company boardrooms: the Commission's legislative proposal, what changes, and EU progress to date
On 19 June 2014 the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on "Women and the economy: economic independence from the perspective of part-time work and self-employment". The conclusions outline a new set of indicators to measure progress towards equal economic participation, including indicators on part-time and self-employment.
On 5 and 6 June 2014 the Council of the European Union adopted conclusions on preventing and combating all forms of violence against women and girls, including female genital mutilation.
On 20 May 2014, DG Justice organised a meeting for promoters of projects on violence against women funded through the Progress and Daphne programmes.
A newly published statistical report summarises the findings of a research project on gender equality in the workforce. A detailed analysis of the following topics are presented in 6 annexes:
• the Barcelona childcare targets (Annex I);
• labour force participation rates of men, women and parents (Annex II);
• balancing work and family for single parents (Annex III);
• gender inequalities in the transition from school to work (Annex IV);
• share of earnings and domestic work within couples (Annex V);
• and access to family-friendly working schedules (Annex VI).
In the past year the European Commission made further progress on improving equality between women and men, including closing the gender gaps in employment, pay and pensions, combating violence and promoting equality in decision-making. Despite the progress that was achieved in most areas, challenges remain, according to the European Commission's latest annual report on gender equality.
Questions & Answers: Report on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Progress Report on Gender Equality
Ahead of International Women's Day, the European Commission publishes a factsheet on gender balance on corporate boards, showing that the glass ceiling is cracking following political and regulatory pressure from the European Commission.
On the occasion of International Women's Day, the European Commission published a factsheet on how Europe is boosting progress in achieving equality between women and men. While gender gaps remains, significant progress has been achieved in numerous areas with the help of targeted policies at EU level.
Questions and Answers: What has the EU done for women? 50 years of EU action on Gender Equality for One Continent
Ahead of the International Women's Day, the European Commission publishes a factsheet summarizing key concrete actions aimed at eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls in the European Union.
16.4%: that’s the size of the gender pay gap. After a decreasing trend in recent years, the figure has stagnated. The fourth European Pay Day raises awareness of the fact that women currently work 59 days "for free" until they match the amount earned by men.
On the occasion of the International Day for Elimination of Violence Against Women, the European Commission has announced a new push to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) in the European Union and beyond.
International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women: European Commission takes action to combat Female Genital Mutilation
Since adoption of the Strategy in 2010, the Commission and the European External Action Service have acted on the large majority of the key actions set out in the Strategy and very important results have already been achieved. The mid-term review confirms that the Women's Charter and the Strategy continue to provide an ambitious policy framework for promoting gender equality in the EU.
A new report on women and men in leadership positions was released today. The report presents an overview of the current situation and trends for the representation of women and men in economic decision-making, in politics, in public administrations and in the judiciary.
Women on Boards: Share of Women up to 16.6% as European Parliament Committees back Commission proposal
A new report from the European network of Experts on Gender Equality (ENEGE) shows that early career patterns differ between gen¬ders with women falling more often into unsuccessful paths (inactivity, part-time, temporary contracts) than men. It also stresses the need for a greater attention to gender differences in youth policies.
Women receive average pensions which are 39% lower compared to those of men. This report develops a new indicator for gender equality, the "Gender Pension Gap" which, together with the "Gender Pay Gap", helps to assess the magnitude of gender inequality in the course of people’s lives.
A Commission report on the Barcelona objectives shows that most EU countries have missed the targets agreed by the European Council in 2002 for availability and accessibility of childcare services. The reports demonstrates that investment in high quality services must be continued.
The study, entitled 'The role of men in gender equality – European strategies and insights' has been published. The study presents conclusions and recommendations, as well as some guiding principles on how to develop policies to improve the role of men in gender equality.
Women on Boards: Vice-President Viviane Reding and Markus Klimmer, Managing Director at Accenture discuss challenges and opportunities
The 2012 annual report on 'Progress on equality between women and men' has just been released. Based on recent evidence and new data, it takes stock of major policy developments during the last year. The report illustrates some of the many ways in which the EU and its Member States have promoted gender equality.
On 21 March 2013 150 European company representatives will meet in Brussels and exchange their ideas on strategies to better access the labour force potential of women by increasing gender equality and thereby contributing to a reduction of the gender pay gap. Selected companies will showcase their activities, results and experience of tapping into the female talent pool more effectively.
Brussels, 06 March 2013 - European Commission calls for zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM).
Brussels, 06 March 2013 - Female genital mutilation (FGM) is an unacceptable violation of human rights and of the rights of women and girls. It is a specific form of violence involving procedures including the partial or total removal of the external genital organs for cultural or other non-therapeutic reasons. The practice has severe short- and long-term physical and psychological consequences for the victims.
A new brochure explains what the gender pay gap is, its causes, and why closing it makes sense for both businesses and society in general. Key figures on equality between men and women in work are also provided, as well as information on the EU's work to tackle the pay gap and examples of national good practices.
Under new rules which are entering into force, insurers in Europe will have to charge the same prices to women and men for the same insurance products without distinction on the grounds of sex.
The Forum was a one-day event structured around three panels. The first panel focused on the contribution of gender equality to economic growth; the second one looked at gender equality from a business angle; and the third panel debated ways to address gender stereotypes. The findings of the new OECD report were released on the day of the event.
Speech - The route to more women on supervisory boards: For an intelligent quota instead of inflexible requirements
Statement by Vice-President Reding ahead of the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women
Today the European Commission has taken action to break the glass ceiling that continues to bar female talent from top positions in Europe’s biggest companies. The Commission has proposed legislation with the aim of attaining a 40% objective of the under-represented sex in non-executive board-member positions in publicly listed companies, with the exception of small and medium enterprises. Currently, boards are dominated by one gender: 85% of non-executive board members and 91.1% of executive board members are men, while women make up 15% and 8.9% respectively.
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Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Mapping EU action on Gender Equality: from the Treaty of Rome to Quotas Harvard Club Belgium/Brussels 8 O...
Women on Boards: Vice-President Viviane Reding meets with leaders of Europe's business schools and industry
Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner The Tug-of-War over the Women Quota DLDwomen 2012/Munich 12 July 2012
London 2012: Reding and Vassiliou urge Olympic and Paralympic chiefs to press for better representation of women in sport
Brussels, 16 April 2012 – Improving equality between women and men is essential to the EU's response to the current economic crisis, according to the European Commission's latest annual report on gender equality. The report looks at progress over the past year in tackling the remaining gaps between women and men in employment, the economy and society in general. While some progress has been made in increasing the number of women in top jobs in business and in narrowing the gender pay gap, major challenges remain.
The second European Equal Pay Day (EEPD) took place on 2 March 2012. This EU-wide day aims to raise awareness of the pay gap that exists between women and men in the different EU Member States and encourage action to close it.
Brussels, 5 March 2012 – A European Commission report published today shows that limited progress towards increasing the number of women on company boards has been achieved one year after EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding called for credible self-regulatory measures. Just one in seven board members at Europe's top firms is a woman (13.7%). This is a slight improvement from 11.8% in 2010. However, it would still take more than 40 years to reach a significant gender balance (at least 40% of both sexes) at this rate.
A new web clip that highlights the absurdity of pay inequalities between women and men is among the new materials now available on this website. We invite you to forward it to your contacts to help ensure it reaches a large audience.
Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Increasing gender balance on company boards: Good for businesses and the economy Press conference after t...
European Commission gives guidance to Europe's insurance industry to ensure non-discrimination between women and men in insurance premiums
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 22 December 2011 – The European Commission has today adopted guidelines to help the insurance industry implement unisex pricing, after the Court of Justice of the European Union ruled that different premiums ...
EU Justice Commissioner Reding challenges business leaders to increase women’s presence on corporate boards with “Women on the Board Pledge for Europe”
EU Justice Commissioner Reding welcomes the European Parliament’s strong support for more women in economic decision-making positions
Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner The European Commission's New Gender Equality Strategy: Towards Quotas for Women in the boardroom? Europe...
Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship 100th Anniversary of International Women's Day Press Conference EP Ple...
Joint Statement by the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-president of the European Commission Catherine Ashton and European Commission Vice-President Vivian...
The Council of EU Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Ministers will meet on 7 March in Brussels. The European Commission will be represented by László Andor, Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, and Vice-President Viviane Reding, Commissioner for Justice. This Council also prepares the Spring European Council later in March.
To raise awareness of the existence of the gender pay gap, the European Commission is launching a European Equal Pay Day (EEPD) which will become an annual event across Europe. As it develops the EEPD will provide a focus for activities to raise awareness of the gender pay gap and the need to take action to close it.
EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding meets European business leaders to push for more women in boardrooms
Sex Discrimination in Insurance Contracts: Statement by European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner, on the European Court of Justice's ruling in th...
On the basis of new figures published today, the Commission will have an exchange of views with companies and social partners to see what measures they have taken and intend to take in the near future to improve the gender balance in board rooms. Over the next 12 months, the Commission will closely monitor progress. After that period, the Commission will assess whether further measures are required.
Joint Statement of High Representative Catherine Ashton and European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding on the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation
Gender Equality: Commission welcomes compliance with EU sex discrimination rules in Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia; closes infringement cases
Viviane Reding Vice-President of the Commission, responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Making equality between women and men a reality – the march goes on The Euro...
Paid Maternity Leave: European Commission to work on balanced compromise to advance mothers’ rights, following European Parliament vote
The Commission adopted a five-year strategy for promoting equality between women and men in Europe. The strategy aims in particular to make better use of women's potential, thereby contributing to the EU's overall economic and social goals.
On May 5 2010 the results of a European study - commissioned by DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities - investigating initiatives such as prizes, awards, labels, charters, rankings etc. targeted at promoting gender equality in businesses and organisations were presented.
Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Women's Charter: Our Commitment to Gender Equality Joint Press Confere...
José Manuel Durão Barroso President of the European Commission Women's Charter: our commitment to gender equality Joint press conference with VP Reding Brussels, 5 March 2010
The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) opened its doors in Vilnius on 16 December 2009. The EIGE's Management Board, the Institute's decision-making body, also held its last official meeting of 2009 in Vilnius. On 17 December, stakeholders, NGOs and members of the general public interested in the EIGE's activities met the EIGE's Management Board.
The European Commission has launched an EU-wide campaign to help tackle the gender pay gap. Across the EU economy, women earn on average 17.4% less than men. The simple concept of 'equal pay for work of equal value' is at the heart of the campaign being launched in the context of International Women's Day on 8 March to raise awareness of the pay gap, its causes, and how to tackle it.