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The gender gap : a new and long awaited priority in Europe

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  The gender gap : a new and long awaited priority  
Taking place on Sunday, the International Women's Day has been highly prepared by the European Union, with banners claiming the Commission's will to close the gender gap. The European Parliament also celebrates the event this week with a lot of conferences, debates and meetings strongly focused on "women and the European elections". As one of this conferences was organized by the Socialist group, we met MEP Lissy Gröner, coordinator of the Committee on women's rights and gender equality.
Equal pay before the end of the year? (1/2)

"It seems like women and the gender gap are now prorities of the European Commission. Are you satisfied with the progress made so far?"

Lissy Gröner is satisfied with Commissioner Spidla's announcement of a new campaign for equal pay, which was requested a long time ago by the Socialist group. Gender equality has to be a political priority but it is not yet, and Lissy Gröner is now waiting for a directive which guarantees equal pay, before the end of a year . She just hopes the Member States will follow the movement.

Achieve equal proportion in the institutions (1/2)

Lissy Gröner explains how closing the gender gap is essential when it comes to tackle female eurosceptiscism. In order to do that, the first aim must be the sharing of the political power : a voting list with 50 per cent women. This is the main objective of a new European campaign, and it is necessary because there are a lot of very capable women who can do the job. Women will then be able to recognize that the EU is an opportunity for them and eurosceptiscism will disappear. The Party leaders know that but have to take more action.


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