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Gender balance

Event date: 14/01/2021

Gender balance

Full gender equality is far from being achieved, and this has implications for the lives and life chances of individual women, girls, boys and men, the communities they live in and the EU as a whole.

The European Parliament has consistently taken a strong, proactive stance on advancing gender equality, stressing the need to deliver on EU commitments. The EP´s Committee of Women´s rights and Gender equality (FEMM) is in the heart of these discussions.

Options for further EU involvement could include better implementation and enforcement of existing legislation, moves to modernise it, fill gaps in protection and address emerging issues, and non-legislative measures such as data collection and monitoring, awareness-raising, and support for national and grassroots initiatives.Promoting equal economic independence for women and men, closing the gender pay gap, advancing gender balance in decision making, ending gender based violence and promoting gender equality beyond the EU are the concrete areas of interest for the EU.

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During the plenary session (7-10 June 2021) in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, MEPs discuss measures to help promote the participation of women and girls in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics sectors (STEM)

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During the plenary session (7-10 June 2021) in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, MEPs hold a gender equality debate focusing on the online abuse faced by women in politics

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During the plenary session (7-10 June 2021) in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, MEPs discuss the gender dimension in Cohesion Policy

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Members of the EP Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) and Committee on Employment and Social Affairs (EMPL) participate in a hearing on the Commission proposal for a Pay Transparency Directive in the European Parliament in Brussels.

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MEPs evaluate the progress made in women’s rights over the past 25 years and the challenges ahead as the pandemic exacerbates gender inequalities

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MEPS discuss during a meeting of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality

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During the plenary session (18-21 January 2021) in the European Parliament in Brussels, MEPs discuss gender equality during a joint debate.

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