International Women's Day: How much to commemorate?

01'13" 09/03/2015
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Strong debate on quotas for women and calls for an end to violence against women and the gender pay gap top as Plenary dissects progress made in equality between men and women.
After people all over the world commemorated International Women’s Day, a debate on the equality of the sexes. But in the chamber, it wasn’t much of a celebration with differences of culture and religion coming to the fore. A new report reaffirms the need to close the gender pay gap, reinforce quotas for women, but importantly calls for an end to violence against women. Members advocated their support.
In 2013, we saw that the EP's regulatory pressure can work. This case concerned women on boards, women on the boards of directors of big publicly-listed companies.

Although we don't yet have a Council decision, the proportion of women on the boards is progressing.
Mariya Gabriel
Group of the European People's Party (Christian Democrats)
Last year, a gender equality report failed. But the new author was confident.
Inequality between men and women continues to be the rule and even if efforts are being made for equality, the process is far too slow. If we take the pay gap, for example, I have stressed that we will have to wait until 2084 to see equal pay.
Marc Tarabella
Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament
A political resolution it may just be, but it could well galvanise a march towards a new age of 21st century equality.