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Other Acts P6_TA-PROV (2013)0073 (12/03/2013)

Type: Acts of the European Union: European Parliament Resolution on the impact of the economic crisis on gender equality and women's rights

Authority: European Authorities - European Union: European Parliament

Date: 03/12/2013

Subject: The European Parliament insists on the need to ensure that the current economic and financial crisis and the consequent budget restrictions do not jeopardise the progress achieved by policies promoting gender equality and do not serve as a pretext for reducing efforts in this respect; it believes it should, rather, encourage Member States to incorporate gender equality policies into their employment policies, considering the latter as part of the solution to the crisis, in terms of harnessing and fully exploiting the skills and abilities of all Europeans; it stresses that women's rights should not be seen, understood or pursued as competing with men's rights, since the improvement of care services and public services for families is a precondition for both men's and women's participation in the labour market; it points out that there is a need to promote the sharing of family and household responsibilities; invites the Member States to introduce measures or develop existing measures aimed at overcoming gender discrimination and the unequal assignment of roles; it stresses that the falling birth rate in the EU has been exacerbated by the crisis, given that unemployment, precarious situations and uncertainty regarding the future and the economy have led couples, and younger women in particular, to delay having children, thereby further reinforcing the trend to demographic ageing in the Union; it underlines the importance of reforming macroeconomic, social and labour market policies in order to guarantee economic and social justice for women, develop strategies to promote the fair distribution of wealth, guarantee a minimum income and decent wages and pensions, reduce the gender pay gap, create more high-quality jobs for women coupled with rights, enable women to benefit from public services of a high standard, and improve welfare provision and neighbourhood services, including creches, kindergartens and other forms of pre-school education, day centres, community leisure and family support centres, and intergenerational centres.

Classification: Equality - Art. 21 Non discrimination - Art. 23 Equality between men and women

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