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Equality – together we stand - 06/03/2008

Condoleezza Rice

Gender equality still eluding us,  says report published in the run-up to International Women's Day.

This year,  International Women's Day will focus on one of the most glaring inequalities apparent today: too few women are in power, be it in politics or business. This is the verdict of a report on equality between women and men, published this week.

According to the report, in spite of recent progress, women are usually underrepresented at the highest levels of power: in Europe, they account for less than a quarter of politicians, and less than a third of managers in business. The EU is therefore working hard to promote gender equality, through campaigns to ensure equal treatment and discourage any discrimination on grounds of gender, for example through efforts to reduce the pay gap between men and women.

By the end of 2008, the commission also plans to create a European network of women in strategic posts to improve parity and encourage the exchange of best practice between the 27 EU countries.

Two conferences will spotlight the essential role of women in all sectors of society:

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