What has Europe done for women?

05 March 2015

This Sunday is International Women’s Day 2015, an annual celebration which has been observed since in the early 1900's.

As well as taking measures to make everyone’s lives better The European Union has introduced regulation to ensure women have the same rights as men, bringing greater equality to the whole of Europe.

We have broken them down into four categories;

Equality in the workplace

Equal pay for equal work and equality in the workplace.
Gender discrimination banned in employment and provision of services.

Tackling domestic violence

Victims of violence, in particular domestic violence, now have EU-wide protection.

Tackling FGM

During 2013, the Commission distributed €2.3 million to projects specifically fighting FGM.
Promoting global initiatives against FGM using its influence across the world.

Better access to maternity care

All women in the EU have the right to at least 14 weeks maternity leave and to protection from dismissal for being pregnant.

Although there is much more to do to bring about true equality across Europe and the rest of the world, these achievements show that we’re on the right track.

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