Inequality in the European Union is closely linked to gender. Millions of working women in Europe are paid less than their male colleagues. On average women still earn 16,3% less than men. On this Member States differ: the gender pay gaps ranges from 5.5 % in Italy and Luxembourg to 26.9 % in Estonia. We believe that breaking down barriers to gender equality in education, employment and entrepreneurship would create new sources of economic growth and help make better use of everyone’s skills. In the past ten years almost no progress has been made towards closing the gender pay gap, which proves that voluntary measures at a national level are simply not enough. We need a revision of EU law. As Socialists and Democrats, we are fighting to close the gender pay gap, achieve a real balance between work and private life, improve women’s participation in the labour market and decision-making, and eradicate gender-based violence, including sexual harassment at the workplace. As long as discrimination between women and men exists in the labour market, our societies are neither fair nor equal. The time for nice words is definitely over, Europe’s women deserve better: binding measures and concrete actions now.
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