In its annual report on equality between men and women in the EU, Parliament called on Wednesday for greater efforts to tackle violence against women, for paternity leave to be addressed at EU level and for equal pay legislation to be revised. A majority of MEPs also say women must have control over their sexual and reproductive rights, through easy access to contraception and abortion.The report, drafted by Marc Tarabella, (S&D, BE), was adopted by 381 votes to 253, with 31 abstentions.
If the future convention of the Council of Europe fails to address the structural phenomenon of male violence against women, the European Women’s Lobby won’t be in a position to support it.
The European Parliament has passed a resolution calling for greater sexual and reproductive rights in the continent.
eFKa organization invitation for Biographical Workshop for Women on the Transition Period Cracow, Poland, 19th till 27th June 2010. EU -Lifelong Learning Programme, Grundtvig, PL1-GRU13-05063
By Mariusz Czepczyński and Małgorzata Tarasiewicz. "Broad spectrum of post-socialist social and political transformations includes deep changes of gender politics and practices. Despite of formal and legal communist equal rights rule, the everyday practice before 1989 proved profound gender discrimination and stratifications. Since the beginning of 1990s women have started the long lasted political and social emancipation process, especially difficult in traditional, rural, conservative and male-dominated society of Poland."
"...Three-quarters of girls who are not attending school around the world are members of groups that are socially marginal or excluded in the country where they live."