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Pregnant women at work [What Europe does for you]

Pregnancy is a special time when you need to take particular care of yourself and the baby inside you. If you are well, you may want to work right up until the day you give birth, in which case you can expect your working conditions to be adjusted to ensure your safety and that of your unborn child. Continue reading

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 2017

This year, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women on 25 November, takes place against a backdrop of revelations about sexual harassment, that were followed by women sharing their personal experiences on social media, highlighting the magnitude of the problem, helping to raise public awareness, and igniting conversations throughout the EU. Continue reading

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Written by Rosamund Shreeves On this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, this 25 November, crisis and conflict are more than ever on our minds – and on the political agenda. As recent research from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) highlights, conflict and displacement exacerbate violence against vulnerable groups, including women. … Continue reading

Trafficking in Women

Written by Anja Radjenovic Trafficking in persons for the purpose of any form of exploitation is a serious crime and a violation of human rights. According to the UNOCD Report on Trafficking in Persons women and girls account for 70 per cent of detected trafficking victims worldwide. This is due to the fact that the … Continue reading

The European year for development : Women and girls

Written by Marika Lerch (Directorate-General for External Policies). Graphics and statistics by Eulalia Claros (European Parliamentary Research Service) In many developing countries women and girls are disproportionately affected by poverty and exclusion. Although the UN adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women in 1979, women and girls still face … Continue reading

Advancing gender equality in the EU

Written by Rosamund Shreeves International Women’s Day provides an opportunity to take stock of progress towards gender equality, and 2015 is a pivotal year in this regard. At global level, it marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action and the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, which set ambitious targets … Continue reading

Women’s labour market participation in Europe

Written by Ulla Jurviste, Even though key employment indicators show the narrowing of gender gaps in the EU, the gap is still halfway towards gender equality on the labour market. According to the Gender Equality Index ─ which, in the Domain of Work, measures gender gaps in participation in the labour market, duration of working … Continue reading

A stepping stone towards gender equality: the Ad Hoc Committee on Women’s Rights 1979-1981

Written by Claudia Touceira The European Parliament has a long history of interest and involvement in women’s rights and gender equality. As early as 1957, the Treaty of Rome included the principle of equal pay for male and female workers (Art. 119 : Each Member State shall during the first stage ensure and subsequently maintain the … Continue reading

Women and education in the EU

Written by Ulla Jurviste, Martina Prpic, Eulalia Claros Gender equality in education is guaranteed by law in EU Member States, so the issues are far more complex than simply that of gaining access to education for girls, as remains the problem in many developing countries. Yet despite the legal equality in the EU, inequalities persist … Continue reading

The road to gender equality: achievements and challenges

Written by Rosamund Shreeves, With its roots in early 20th century women’s activism and subsequent take-up by the United Nations, International Women’s Day is a moment for putting the spotlight on women’s achievements and taking stock of progress towards gender equality. From this perspective, 2015 is a pivotal year. At a global level, it marks … Continue reading

Pakistan: human rights situation

Written by Jacques Lecarte Human rights abuse is one of the most complex and challenging issues in Pakistan today. The EU has expressed concerns about the human rights situation and monitors events closely. The European Parliament is worried about the sharp increase in sectarian violence and religious intolerance, as well as the continuing repression of … Continue reading

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