“A change of mentality is needed to improve the status quo. Just as in the past, women’s work is not valued as much as men’s”
Kirsten Lühmann, FEMM President
Equality between women and men is a fundamental right, a common value of the EU and a necessary condition for achieving the EU’s objectives of growth, employment and social cohesion. Although, the EU has been progressively working to achieve equality between men and women, gender discrimination remains a reality within Europe. This calls for more cohesive and sustainable action to be taken up by the EU and its member states.
The Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Commission strives to include gender equality in all of CESI’s policies and actions. Gender mainstreaming, equal pay, gender budgeting and the advancement of women in leadership and management positions are among the issues dealt with, as well as violence, dependency and poverty, especially targeting women.
Women are not a minority group in need of protective measures. In 2010, women made up 51.2% of the population, compared with 48.8% men, giving gender equality the status of a human right in itself. Raising gender awareness in policy making is at the core of the FEMM Commission’s work in achieving gender equality.
In 2017, the FEMM Commission will mainly focus on reducing gender pay and pensions gaps, combating violence against women, including moral abuse (esp. at work), and working towards a better work-life balance for employees, especially in the field of caring responsibilities.
Leadership of the Commission
Policy adviser, CESI General Secretariat