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 2018, the FEMM Commission will mainly focus on:
• Gender equality at work: More gender-neutral promotion practices and equal access to leadership positions, equal pay and pensions
• Reconciliation of private life and work: A more equal sharing of domestic responsibilities through the European Commission’s 2017 proposal for an EU directive on better work-life balance for parents and carers
• Migration: Social and labour market integration of women refugees and migrants
• Digitalisation: Digitalisation at work as an opportunity for men and women alike
Leadership of the Commission
Policy adviser, CESI General Secretariat