In the EU, one woman in three has experienced sexual or physical violence, nine CEO of large companies in ten are men, on average women earn 16% less than men… For these and many other reasons, the Commission presented yesterday its strategy for gender equality in Europe.
The Commission should reach 50/50 gender balance at all levels of its management by the end of 2024. We can only reach our full potential if we use all of our talents and diversity. Using only half of the people, half of the ideas or half of the energy is not good enough.
Europe is set to become the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050, thanks to the European Green Deal. Yesterday, the Commission took a big step in this direction by unveiling its proposal for the first-ever European Climate Law. At the same time, it launched a public consultation on the European Climate Pact to co-design how the Pact can boost civil society’s involvement in climate action.
The European Commission today presented its strategy for equality between men and women in Europe.
According to European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, gender equality is one of the fundamental principles of the European Union. She noticed, that we need to ensure that women and men have equal opportunities and that the changes do not further exacerbate inequalities. Also, we need to create the conditions that enable women to be the actors of fair transformation in the workplace and in private life.
On Wednesday 11 March, the European Commission will organise an event in Paris to mark the 16th European Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Terrorism. Like every year, this event brings together victims of terrorism, including people who have been targets of an attack and those who have lost a relative, as well as victims' associations, first responders, and European and Member States' representatives, to share their stories and experiences. This year, the event will take place under the theme “Growing stronger together”.
On 28 January each year, member states of the Council of Europe and EU institutions celebrate Data Protection Day. It marks the anniversary of the Council of Europe’s data protection convention, known as “Convention 108”. It was the first binding international law concerning individuals’ rights to the protection of their personal data. Happy Data Protection Day!