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21-07-2015

Equality between women and men in the EU

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18-06-2015

New report on women, men and pensionspdf Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

 

29-04-2015

Public consultation on gender equality

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20-04-2015

Forum on future of gender equality

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09-03-2015

The third edition of the EU Prize for Women Innovators has been launched

Gender equality

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.

04-03-2015

New Eurobarometer results show that tackling gender inequality should be an EU priority

Gender equality

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”.

04-03-2015

New annual report on equality between women and men now publishedpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

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The new annual report on equality between women and men, published today, presents the most recent developments and key EU actions on gender equality.

19-01-2015

Understanding occupational gender segregation in European labour marketspdf Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

12-12-2014

Statement by Commissioner Věra Jourová following the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

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European Commission - Statement Statement Statement Brussels, 12 December 2014 The fight against discrimination is a key priority for the Juncker Commission and it is my mission to unblock the negotiations on the Equal Treatment Directive.
26-11-2014

European Commission publishes study on "Statistical data on Women entrepreneurs in Europe"

Gender equality

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.

17-11-2014

Exchange of good practice seminar on the role of men in gender equality: papers now published

Gender equality

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.

10-11-2014

Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting

Gender equality

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'.

10-11-2014

FRA publishes EU-wide survey results on violence against women in 22 languages

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.

22-10-2014

Watch live - 2014 EU Presidency Conference on the Beijing Platform for Action: gender equality in Europe

Gender equality

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.

10-10-2014

Exchange of good practice seminar on encouraging female entrepreneurship: papers now published

Gender equality

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.

18-07-2014

Eurostat publishes a new synthetic indicator on total earning gaps

Gender equality

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.

08-07-2014

Exchange of good practice seminar on gender impact assessment: papers now published

Gender equality

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.

20-06-2014

Council adopts Conclusions on women and the economypdf

Gender equality

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.

17-06-2014

Council adopts Conclusions on combating violence against women and girlspdf(137 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

23-05-2014

Projects on violence against women

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On 20 May 2014, DG Justice organised a meeting for promoters of projects on violence against women funded through the Progress and Daphne programmes.

02-05-2014

Gender equality in the workforce: Reconciling work, private and family life in Europe

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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).

14-04-2014

Shedding light on the progress on equality between women and menpdf(895 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

14-04-2014

Gender equality: EU action triggers steady progress

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 April 2014 In 2013 the European Commission continued taking action to improve equality between women and men, including steps to close the gender gaps in employment, pay and pensions discrepancies, to combat violence and to promote equality in decision-making.
14-04-2014

Questions & Answers: Report on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and Progress Report on Gender Equality

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European Commission MEMO Bruxelles, 14 April 2014 What are fundamental rights? The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights sets out a series of individual rights and freedoms. It entrenches the rights developed in the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU, found in the European Convention on Human...
14-04-2014

Presentation of the Fundamental Rights report and the progress report on Gender Equality

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European Commission [Check Against Delivery] Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner 4th annual report on the application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, Press conference Brussels, 14 April 2014 1.
07-03-2014

Gender balance on corporate boards - Europe is cracking the glass ceilingpdf(355 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

07-03-2014

Key actions and latest figures on Gender Equalitypdf(741 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

07-03-2014

International Women’s Day: Commission takes action to close the gender pay gap

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 7 March 2014 Ahead of International Women’s Day (8 March), the European Commission has today adopted a Recommendation asking Member States to improve pay transparency for women and men in a bid to help close the gender pay gap.
07-03-2014

Commission Recommendation on pay transparency and the gender pay gap - Frequently Asked Questions

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European MEMO Brussels, 7 March 2014 Commission What is the gender pay gap and how is it measured in the EU? The gender pay gap is shown as a percentage of men’s earnings and represents the difference between the average gross hourly earnings of male and female employees across the...
07-03-2014

Questions and Answers: What has the EU done for women? 50 years of EU action on Gender Equality for One Continent

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 7 March 2014 On the eve of International Women's Day (8 March), Vice-President Viviane Reding said: "Five decades of European Union action have advanced gender equality on our continent.
05-03-2014

Combating violence against women: a priority for the European Commissionpdf(127 kB) Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

28-02-2014

Equal Pay Day: 28 February 2014pdf Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

28-02-2014

Equal Pay Day: Gender Pay Gap stagnates at 16.4% across Europe

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 28 February 2014 Women in Europe still work 59 days ‘for free’ – this is what the latest figures released today by the European Commission show. The gender pay gap – the average difference between women and men’s hourly earnings across the entire economy –...
25-11-2013

Communication: towards the elimination of female genital mutilation

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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.

25-11-2013

International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women: European Commission takes action to combat Female Genital Mutilation

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 25 November 2013 On the occasion of the International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women, the European Commission has today announced – in a strategy paper – a new push to fight female genital mutilation (FGM) in the European Union and beyond.
22-11-2013

"I am just a first pillar girl"

Gender equality
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Dinner of the Assises de la Justice /Brussels 21 November 2013 Dear friends, It is always a pleasure to listen to such a brilliant lawyer as Hubert Legal.
20-11-2013

Cracking Europe's Glass Ceiling: European Parliament backs Commission's Women on Boards proposal

Gender equality
European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 November 2013 The European Parliament has today voted with an overwhelming majority (459 for, 148 against and 81 abstentions) to back the European Commission’s proposed law to improve the gender balance in Europe’s company boardrooms.
14-10-2013

Commission publishes mid-term review of the Strategy for equality between women and men (2010-2015)pdf Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

14-10-2013

2013 Report on women and men in leadership positions in the EU publishedpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

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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. 

14-10-2013

Women on Boards: Share of Women up to 16.6% as European Parliament Committees back Commission proposal

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 October 2013 The European Parliament’s Committees on Legal Affairs (JURI) and Women’s Rights & Gender Equality (FEMM) have today voted (40 for, 9 against and 2 abstentions) to support a proposal by the European Commission to address the gender imbalance on company boards in...
14-10-2013

Report on women and men in leadership positions and Gender equality strategy mid-term review

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 14 October 2013 1. New Report on Women in Decision-Making: What is the report on women in leadership positions? The Report on women and men in leadership positions in the European Union 2013 looks at the current situation and recent progress for gender balance across a...
02-09-2013

Starting fragile: gender differences in the youth labour marketpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

15-07-2013

Women and the Web – Why Data Protection and Diversity belong together

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner DLD Women Conference 2013/Munich 15 July 2013 Dear Ursula, Dear Steffi, Ladies and gentlemen, I am happy to be here today, and it's good to see so many familiar faces.
09-07-2013

Vice-President Reding welcomes latest progress in European Parliament for women on boards

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European Commission Memo Brussels, 9 July 2013 European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU’s Justice Commissioner, today welcomed the latest progress in European Parliament in support of her proposal to improve the gender balance in Europe’s boardrooms (IP/12/1205).
03-06-2013

ENEGE Report on the gender gap in pension in the EU publishedpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

03-06-2013

Barcelona Objectives: childcare facilities for young children in Europepdf Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

03-06-2013

Q&A: Report on childcare provision in the Member States and study on the gender pension gap

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 3 June 2013 1. Barcelona Targets What are the so-called 'Barcelona targets'? In March 2002 the European Council, meeting in Barcelona, agreed common targets to improve the provision of childcare in the Member States.
24-05-2013

Study on the role of men in gender equality publishedpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

14-05-2013

Women on Boards: Vice-President Viviane Reding and Markus Klimmer, Managing Director at Accenture discuss challenges and opportunities

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 14 May 2013 Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, met with Markus Klimmer, Managing Director at Accenture, today to discuss how best to improve gender balance on company boards.
13-05-2013

Report on progress between women and men publishedpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

08-05-2013

EU Charter is making fundamental rights a reality for citizens

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 8 May 2013 Three years after it became legally binding, the impact of the European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights is increasingly clear. It is becoming a point of reference not only for the EU institutions when drawing up legislation but also for the European...
08-05-2013

Q&A: Report on the Charter of Fundamental Rights and on Progress in Gender Equality

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 8 May 2013 What are fundamental rights? The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights sets out a series of individual rights and freedoms. It entrenches the rights developed in the case law of the Court of Justice of the EU, found in the European Convention on Human...
21-03-2013

Business Forum: Equality Pays Off - A Europe 2020 initiative

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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.

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06-03-2013

International Women's Day: Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

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Brussels, 06 March 2013 - European Commission calls for zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM).

06-03-2013

International Women's Day: Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation

Gender equality

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.

01-03-2013

Brochure March 2013: Tackling the gender pay gap in the EUpdf Choose translations of the previous link 

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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.

28-02-2013

Equal Pay day:

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women still earn 16.2% less than men.  Equal pay is not only fair – it makes sound business sense too.  Read how “Equality pays off” for business.  
19-02-2013

Commission proposal to protect victims of domestic violence EU-wide will become law

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European MEMO Brussels, 19 February 2013 Commission Victims of violence, in particular domestic violence, will be able to count on EU-wide protection. Today, the European Parliament and the Council of Ministers reached a political agreement on a proposal by the European Commission for an EU-wide protection order.
06-02-2013

Joint Statement on the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 6 February 2013 On the occasion of the International Day of Zero Tolerance against Female Genital Mutilation (6 February 2013) High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice President of the Commission Catherine Ashton, Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, Development Commissioner...
25-01-2013

Regulatory pressure gets the ball rolling: Share of women on company boards up to 15.8% in Europe

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European Commission Press release Davos, 25 January 2013 Today the Commission released mid-term figures on the share of women on boards in publicly listed companies. The new figures show an increase in the number of women on boards to 15.8%, up from 13.7% in January 2012.
20-12-2012

EU rules on gender-neutral pricing in insurance industry enter into force

Gender equality
European Commission Press release Brussels, 20 December 2012 Brussels, 20 December 2012 – Under new rules which enter force tomorrow, 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.
20-12-2012

EU rules on gender-neutral pricing in insurance industry enter into force

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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.

17-12-2012

OECD's Gender Forum – Closing the Gender Gap: Act Now

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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.

12-12-2012

Shattering myths and glass ceilings: launch of database of 'Global Board Ready Women'

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European Commission Press release Strasbourg, 12 December 2012 Today the European Business Schools Women on Boards Initiative is migrating their 'Global Board Ready Women' list of 8 000 women into an online database. The women on this list all fulfil stringent criteria for Corporate Governance as defined by publicly listed...
04-12-2012

Speech - The route to more women on supervisory boards: For an intelligent quota instead of inflexible requirements

Gender equality
European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission European Commissioner for Justice Speech - Federation of German Industries event at the Representation of the Land Baden-Württemberg to the European Union / Brussels 27 November 2012 Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very pleased to be able to speak to you...
26-11-2012

And yet it’s coming: a gender quota in business leadership

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European Commission Ms Viviane Reding Vice-President, Member of the Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Women's Finance Forum / Hamburg 15 November 2012 Key statements: We did it: yesterday, the European Commission made gender equality history.
24-11-2012

Statement by Vice-President Reding ahead of the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 24 November 2012 Ahead of the International Day for Eliminating Violence against Women (25 November 2012), Vice-President Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner made the following statement: “Across Europe, around 1 in 5 women have suffered physical violence at least once in their lives and 1 in...
14-11-2012

Women on Boards: Commission proposes 40% objective

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 14 November 2012 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...
14-11-2012

Questions and Answers: Proposal on increasing Gender Equality in the Boardrooms of Listed Companies

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 14 November 2012 Why do we need legislation to improve the gender balance on the boards of listed companies? At present, 91.1% of executive board members, 85% of non-executive board members and 96.8% of the boardroom chairs are men, while women make up 8.9%, 15% and...
14-11-2012

A historic day for gender equality

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European Commission Viviane Reding Vice-President of the European Commission, EU Justice Commissioner Press Conference /Brussels 14 November 2012 Today is a historic day for gender equality! After decades of empty promises and failed attempts at self-regulation, we still have an effective 85% male quota on the supervisory boards of Europe's...
14-11-2012

Frauen in Führungspositionen: Kommission schlägt als Zielvorgabe 40 % vor

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Die Europäische Kommission hat heute einen Vorschlag vorgelegt, der die „gläserne Decke“ durchbrechen soll, die qualifizierten Frauen den Weg zu Top-Positionen in Europas größten Unternehmen noch immer versperrt. Angestrebt wird ein Anteil des unterrepräsentierten Geschlechts in den Aufsichtsräten aller börsennotierten Unternehmen – mit Ausnahme der kleinen und mittleren Unternehmen – von 40 %. Die Leitungsorgane der Unternehmen werden derzeit von einem Geschlecht beherrscht: 85 % der nicht geschäftsführenden Direktoren bzw. Aufsichtsratsmitglieder und 91,1 % der geschäftsführenden Direktoren bzw. Vorstandsmitglieder sind Männer, während Frauen in diesen Positionen nur zu 15 % bzw. 8,9 % vertreten sind.

14-11-2012

Présence des femmes dans les conseils d'administration des sociétés: la Commission propose un objectif de 40%

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La Commission européenne prend aujourd’hui une initiative pour briser le plafond de verre qui continue d’entraver l’accès des femmes de talent aux postes de décision dans les plus grandes entreprises d’Europe. Elle a proposé une directive visant à porter à 40 % la proportion du sexe sous‑représenté aux postes d’administrateurs non exécutifs dans les sociétés cotées en bourse, à l’exception des petites et moyennes entreprises. Actuellement, les conseils des sociétés (conseil d’administration, de surveillance ou directoire) sont dominés par les hommes, qui représentent 85 % des administrateurs non exécutifs et 91,1 % des administrateurs exécutifs de ces organes, contre 15 % et 8,9 % respectivement pour les femmes.

14-11-2012

Women on Boards: Commission proposes 40% objective

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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.

09-10-2012

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...

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European Commission Ladies and gentlemen, To talk about women on boards is very much en vogue these days. Discussions around that theme often turn out to become passionate or ideological. That is why it might be interesting to look back and trace the origins of today’s debates.
30-07-2012

Women on Boards: Vice-President Viviane Reding meets with leaders of Europe's business schools and industry

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European Commission Press release Brussels, 19 June 2012 Today, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding met with European Industry Associations, European Business Schools and Senior Executive Women to discuss progress being made on improving the gender balance in company boardrooms.
12-07-2012

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

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European Commission How has society changed as the world is becoming more digital? – This is the central question of this year's DLD Women conference. Data is racing ever faster, we grow ever closer together. Totally connected, we live in a global village where technical standards are becoming more similar...
06-07-2012

London 2012: Reding and Vassiliou urge Olympic and Paralympic chiefs to press for better representation of women in sport

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European Commission MEMO Brussels, 3 July 2012 More needs to be done to strengthen the representation of women in sport and in sport governing bodies, as well as the fight against discrimination and sexual harassment. This is the message in a letter from two leading European Commissioners to the Presidents...
16-04-2012

Progress in gender equality leads to economic growth

Gender equality

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.

09-03-2012

Europe this week 9 March 2012

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09 March 2012 Women in Decision-Making Persistent lack of women on company boards – EU action needed to break the glass ceiling A European Commission report shows that the number of women in company boards remains at low levels.
07-03-2012

EU-weite Veranstaltungen zur Lohngleichheit

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Der zweite Europäische Tag der Lohngleichheit (EEPD) fand am 2. März 2012 statt. Dieser EU-weite Tag soll das Bewusstsein für das Lohngefälle zwischen Frauen und Männern in den verschiedenen EU-Mitgliedstaaten erhöhen und zu Gegenmaßnahmen auffordern, die Lücken zu schließen.

07-03-2012

Equal Pay events taking place across the EU

Gender equality

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.

07-03-2012

Evénements sur l'égalité salariale dans toute l’UE

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La deuxième Journée européenne de l'égalité salariale (JEES) s'est tenue le 2 mars 2012. Cette journée européenne a pour objectif de sensibiliser le public à l'écart de rémunération entre les femmes et les hommes dans les différents États membres de l'Union européenne et d’encourager les actions visant à le combler.

05-03-2012

Commission weighs options to break the glass ceiling for women boards

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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.

02-03-2012

Der foreligger nu nyt materiale om de kønsbestemte lønforskelle

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En ny internetvideosekvens, som fremhæver det absurde ved lønforskellene mellem kvinder og mænd, er blandt det nye materiale, der nu findes på dette websted. Vi opfordrer dig til at sende den til dine kontakter for bidrage til at sikre, at den når ud til et bredt publikum.

02-03-2012

Informazioni sulle politiche UE relative al divario di retribuzione tra uomini e donne

Gender equality

Un nuovo clip web che evidenzia il paradosso del divario di retribuzione tra uomini e donne, è ora disponibile su questo sito web. L'UE invita a diffondere questa informazione tra i propri contatti per consentire il coinvolgimento di un vasto pubblico.

02-03-2012

Jau yra naujos medžiagos apie užmokesčio atotrūkį pagal lytį

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Šioje svetainėje pateikiamas naujas internetinis vaizdo įrašas, kuriame pabrėžiamas nevienodo vyrų ir moterų darbo užmokesčio absurdiškumas. Kviečiame jus persiųsti jį savo kontaktams, kad jis pasiektų kuo didesnę auditoriją.

02-03-2012

Materjal ġdid dwar id-diskrepanza fil-pagi bejn in-nisa u l-irġiel issa huwa disponibbli

Gender equality

Klipp ġdid fuq il-web li jenfasizza l-assurdità tal-inugwaljanzi fil-pagi bejn in-nisa u l-irġiel huwa fost il-materjal ġdid li issa huwa disponibbli fuq dan is-sit elettroniku. Nistiednuk li tgħaddih lill-kuntatti tiegħek biex tgħin fl-iżgurar li dan jasal għand udjenza kbira.

02-03-2012

Na voljo je novo gradivo o razliki v plačilu med ženskami in moškimi

Gender equality

Med novim gradivom, ki je zdaj dostopno na tem spletnem mestu, je tudi nov spletni videoposnetek, ki opozarja na nesmiselnost neenakosti pri plačilu med ženskami in moškimi. Pozivamo vas, da ga posredujete svojim stikom in tako pomagate zagotoviti, da bo dosegel široko občinstvo.

02-03-2012

Neue Materialien zum geschlechtsspezifischen Lohngefälle jetzt verfügbar

Gender equality

Ein neuer Webclip, der die Absurdität der ungleichen Bezahlung von Frauen und Männern aufzeigt, ist eines der neuen Materialien, die nun auf dieser Webseite verfügbar sind. Wir laden Sie ein, ihn an Ihre Kontakte weiterzuleiten und so dabei zu helfen, dass er ein breites Publikum erreicht.

02-03-2012

New materials on the gender pay gap now available

Gender equality

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.

02-03-2012

Nieuw materiaal over het loonverschil tussen vrouwen en mannen nu beschikbaar

Gender equality

Er is een nieuw filmpje over de absurditeit van beloningsongelijkheid tussen vrouwen en mannen beschikbaar op deze website. Wij nodigen u uit het filmpje naar uw contactpersonen door te sturen om ervoor te zorgen dat het een zo groot mogelijk publiek bereikt.

02-03-2012

Noi materiale privind diferenţa de remunerare între femei şi bărbaţi disponibile acum

Gender equality

Printre noile materiale care sunt acum disponibile pe acest site web se numără un nou clip video pe internet, care evidenţiază absurditatea inegalităţilor de remunerare între femei şi bărbaţi. Vă invităm să îl redirecţionaţi contactelor dumneavoastră, pentru a contribui la înregistrarea unei largi audienţe.

02-03-2012

Nouveaux supports disponibles sur l’écart de rémunération entre les femmes et les hommes

Gender equality

Les nouveaux supports désormais disponibles sur le site web incluent un nouveau clip mettant en lumière l'absurdité des inégalités salariales entre les femmes et les hommes. Nous vous invitons à le transmettre à vos contacts afin de toucher le plus large public possible.

02-03-2012

Novos materiais disponíveis sobre as disparidades salariais entre homens e mulheres

Gender equality

Entre os novos materiais já disponíveis neste Web site, encontrará um novo Web Clip que destaca o absurdo das desigualdades de remuneração entre homens e mulheres. Convidamo-lo a que o partilhe com os seus contactos para garantir que alcança uma maior audiência.

02-03-2012

Nové materiály o rozdieloch v odmeňovaní medzi ženami a mužmi sú teraz dostupné

Gender equality

Nový internetový videoklip, ktorý zvýrazňuje nezmyselnosť rozdielov v odmeňovaní medzi ženami a mužmi, je teraz spolu s novými materiálmi dostupný na tejto webovej stránke. Vyzývame vás, aby ste ho rozposlali svojim známym a pomohli nám zaistiť, aby sa dostal k širokému publiku.

02-03-2012

Nové materiály o rozdílech v odměňování žen a mužů

Gender equality

Mezi novými materiály na těchto webových stránkách nyní najdete nový internetový spot, který upozorňuje na nesmyslnost rozdílného odměňování žen a mužů. Přepošlete prosím spot vašim přátelům a známým, aby se dostal k co nejširšímu publiku.

02-03-2012

Nowe materiały na temat różnicy w wynagrodzeniu dla kobiet i mężczyzn są już dostępne

Gender equality

Na stronie wśród nowych materiałów jest już dostępny klip wideo, w którym podkreślono absurdalność nierównego wynagrodzenia dla kobiet i mężczyzn. Zachęcamy do przesłania go innym, aby dotarł do szerokiego grona odbiorców.

02-03-2012

Nu finns nytt material om löneskillnaden mellan kvinnor och män

Gender equality

Ett nytt webbklipp som visar det absurda i löneskillnader mellan kvinnor och män finns nu tillgängligt på den här webbplatsen. Vi vill be dig vidarebefordra detta till dina kontakter för att bidra till att säkerställa att det når ut till en bred allmänhet.

02-03-2012

Nüüd on saadaval uusi materjale soolise palgaerinevuse kohta

Gender equality

Sellel veebisaidil nüüd saadaolevate materjalide hulka kuuluv uus veebiklipp, mis toob esile meeste ja naiste palgaerinevuste absurdsuse. Kutsume teid üles seda oma kontaktidele edasi saatma, et tagada selle laialdane levik.

02-03-2012

Sukupuolten palkkaeroa koskevia uusia materiaaleja nyt saatavilla

Gender equality

Tällä verkkosivustolla on nyt saatavilla uusi verkkoleike, jossa korostetaan naisten ja miesten palkkaerojen järjenvastaisuutta. Kehotamme sinua välittämään sen yhteyshenkilöillesi, jotta se saavuttaa suuren yleisön.

02-03-2012

Ya está disponible el nuevo material sobre las diferencias de retribución entre hombres y mujeres

Gender equality

Entre este nuevo material, ya disponible en esta página web, figura un nuevo clip en el que se pone de manifiesto el poco sentido que tienen las desigualdades salariales entre mujeres y hombres. Le invitamos a que se lo envíe a sus contactos para que su difusión sea máxima.

02-03-2012

Új anyagok érhetők el a nők és a férfiak közötti bérszakadékkal kapcsolatban

Gender equality

A webhelyen az újdonságok között már elérhető egy új webklip, amely rávilágít a nők és a férfiak közötti bérezési egyenlőtlenségek abszurditására. Továbbítsa ismerőseinek is, hogy még szélesebb közönséghez jusson el!

02-03-2012

Šobrīd ir pieejami jauni materiāli par atšķirībām darba samaksā sievietēm un vīriešiem

Gender equality

Šajā tīmekļa vietnē pieejamo jauno materiālu vidū ir arī jauns videoklips, kurā ir uzsvērts, cik absurda ir vīriešu un sieviešu darba samaksas nevienlīdzība. Mēs aicinām pārsūtīt šo informāciju Jūsu kontaktpersonām, lai tā sasniegtu plašāku sabiedrību.

02-03-2012

Τώρα υπάρχουν νέα υλικά για το μισθολογικό χάσμα μεταξύ των δυο φύλων

Gender equality

Ανάμεσα στα νέα υλικά που υπάρχουν τώρα σε αυτή την ιστοσελίδα είναι ένα νέο διαδικτυακό κλιπ που τονίζει τον παραλογισμό των ανισοτήτων στις αμοιβές μεταξύ γυναικών και ανδρών. Σας προσκαλούμε να το προωθήσετε στις επαφές σας ώστε να διασφαλιστεί ότι θα προσεγγίσει ένα ευρύ ακροατήριο.

02-03-2012

Нови материали за разликата в заплащането на жените и мъжете

Gender equality

Сред новите материали, които вече са на уебсайта, е нов клип, който подчертава абсурдността на неравенството в заплащането на жените и мъжете. Приканваме ви да го изпратите на хората, с които общувате, за да помогнете той да достигне до широка аудитория.

17-02-2012

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...

Gender equality
Today was the first time that ministers debated at EU level how to improve the participation of women on company boards. Everyone agreed that there is a problem with women’s participation at the top level of companies. There was unanimity that we need to do something.
22-12-2011

European Commission gives guidance to Europe's insurance industry to ensure non-discrimination between women and men in insurance premiums

Gender equality

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 ...

01-12-2011

More women in top jobs key to economic growth, says EU report

Gender equality
Brussels, 25 March 2010 Only one in 10 board members of Europe's biggest listed companies is a woman and all central bank governors in the EU are male. The economy would benefit by having full representation of both men and women in top positions, says a new report presented by...
18-10-2011

LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton commits to EU gender balance target

Gender equality
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 12 July 2011 - LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton today signed the “Women on the Board Pledge for Europe”, voluntarily committing to increase women’s corporate boardroom presence to 30% by 2015 and to 40% by 2020. At the same time, three Greek companies (G.
18-10-2011

EU Justice Commissioner Reding challenges business leaders to increase women’s presence on corporate boards with “Women on the Board Pledge for Europe”

Gender equality
Brussels, 1 March 2011 Following meetings today with business leaders and social partners on women in decision-making (see IP/11/242), EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding challenged publicly listed companies in Europe to sign a “Women on the Board Pledge for Europe” by March 2012.
26-09-2011

Gender Balance: Business schools are crucial to getting more women into top jobs

Gender equality
European Commission - Press release Brussels, 26 September 2011 - EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding today met with leaders of Europe's business schools to discuss how to improve the gender balance in company boardrooms by encouraging more young women to follow a career in business.
19-09-2011

Conference "Equality between women and men"

Gender equality

The Directorate-General Justice of the European Commission organised the conference "Equality between Women and Men" in Brussels on 19 and 20 September 2011.

06-07-2011

EU Justice Commissioner Reding welcomes the European Parliament’s strong support for more women in economic decision-making positions

Gender equality
Brussels, 5 July 2011 On the occasion of the European Parliament's vote on the report on women and business leadership, Vice-President Viviane Reding, the EU's Justice Commissioner, said: "It is good news that the European Parliament supports the European Commission's approach towards more women in economic decision-making positions.
04-05-2011

"Women on the Board Pledge for Europe” signed by Guerlain and FES Consulting

Gender equality
Brussels, 4 May 2011 EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding announced today the first two companies which signed up to the “Women on the Board Pledge for Europe” committing to improve the gender balance in boardrooms. Guerlain – a major perfumes and cosmetics firm – and FES Consulting Empresarial – a...
28-03-2011

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...

Gender equality
Ladies and Gentlemen, It is a pleasure to be here in Frankfurt today. I would like to thank the ECB's Vice-President and in particular my friend Gertrude Tumpel-Gugerell for the invitation. The topic of your conference "Building on Diversity: how to master Europe's challenges" could not be more timely! Let...
14-03-2011

Equality: Commission drops three cases against Poland following new anti-discrimination law

Gender equality
Brussels, 14 March 2011 The European Commission has closed three separate infringement procedures against Poland covering different aspects of EU equality legislation. The Commission successfully concluded the cases after Poland adopted a new anti-discrimination law.
09-03-2011

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...

Gender equality
This is real gender equality in action: two men – the President of the European Parliament and the President of the European Commission – and two women – the Chair of the FEMJM Committee and the Vice-President of the European Commission – mark together the 100th anniversary of International Women's...
08-03-2011

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...

Gender equality
Strasbourg, 8 March 2011 "Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. For the past century, this important occasion has marked the economic, social, political and cultural achievements of women around the world. Women have struggled throughout history for more rights and greater freedom of choice and liberty.
07-03-2011

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council

Gender equality

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.

05-03-2011

First European Equal Pay Day - 5 March 2011

Gender equality

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.

04-03-2011

First European Equal Pay Day highlights EU earnings gap

Gender equality
Brussels, 4 March 2011 Women in the European Union earn on average 17.5% less than men during their lifetimes. This stark figure will be highlighted tomorrow during the first EU-wide Equal Pay Day. This day – 5 March – marks the extra number of days in 2011 that women must...
01-03-2011

EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding meets European business leaders to push for more women in boardrooms

Gender equality
Brussels, 1 March 2011 Corporate Europe is still a man's world: just one in 10 board members at Europe's biggest companies are women and in 97% of cases the board is chaired by a man. Studies show that businesses with more women at the top outperform “men only” companies.
01-03-2011

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...

Gender equality
Brussels, 1 March 2011 The Court of Justice of the European Union today delivered its ruling in the Test-Achats case (C-236/09) concerning sex discrimination in insurance premiums. Commenting on the judgement, EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding (who is in charge of gender equality at the European Commission) said: "Today is...
01-03-2011

Commissioner Reding meets European business leaders

Gender equality

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.

06-02-2011

Joint Statement of High Representative Catherine Ashton and European Commission Vice-President Viviane Reding on the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation

Gender equality
Brussels, 6 February 2011 "6 February marks the International Day against Female Genital Mutilation. This is an opportunity to remind the world that the European Union condemns this abhorrent practice that severely violates the human rights and dignity of hundreds of thousands women and girls.
26-11-2010

Gender Equality: Commission welcomes compliance with EU sex discrimination rules in Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia; closes infringement cases

Gender equality
Brussels, 24 November 2010 The European Commission has welcomed the notification by Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia of measures to implement EU rules prohibiting discrimination in employment and occupation on the grounds of sex (Directive 2006/54/EC, see MEMO/08/742).
23-11-2010

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...

Gender equality
Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very pleased to be here with you today at the European Institute for Gender Equality. It is a great moment for me to finally be able to visit the Institute and address this conference. As you know, the idea for a gender institute goes back...
21-10-2010

Paid Maternity Leave: European Commission to work on balanced compromise to advance mothers’ rights, following European Parliament vote

Gender equality
Strasbourg, 20 October 2010 In a first reading, the European Parliament voted today on the European Commission's proposal to reform the 1992 Maternity Leave Directive (Directive 92/85/EEC). The Commission had proposed an increase in the minimum period of maternity leave from 14 to 18 weeks and to pay women 100%...
21-09-2010

New strategy on gender equality

Gender equality

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.

05-05-2010

Promotion for Gender Equality at the Workplace

Gender equality

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.

10-03-2010

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...

Gender equality
Ladies and gentlemen, for me this is an important moment. For several reasons: first, it is the first time that I come to this press room in my new role as Vice-President of the European Commission second, I was in New York on Monday to participate in the United Nations...
05-03-2010

European Commission strengthens its commitment to equality between women and men

Gender equality
Brussels, 5 March 2010 Ahead of International Women's Day, the European Commission strengthened and deepened its commitment to equality between women and men with a Women's Charter. This political declaration sets out five key areas for action and commits the Commission to building a gender perspective into all its policies...
05-03-2010

European Commission aims to significantly reduce the gender pay gap

Gender equality
Brussels, 5 March 2010 The European Commission plans to use a series of measures aimed at sig nificantly reducing the pay gap between men and women over the next five years. The average gender pay gap in the EU currently stands at 18%.
05-03-2010

Tackling the gender pay gap – Frequently Asked Questions

Gender equality
Brussels, 5 March 2010 Why do we need to tackle the gender pay gap? At 18% across Europe, the gender pay gap remains intolerably high and stubborn. Equal pay for equal work is one of the European Union’s founding principles.
05-03-2010

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

Gender equality
SPEECH/ 10/71 Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, Last September, I announced in the European Parliament the preparation of a Women's Charter, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, and to express this Commission's commitment to gender equality.
16-12-2009

European Institute for Gender Equality opens

Gender equality

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.

03-03-2009

EU launches campaign to tackle gender pay gap

Gender equality

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.