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MEP Talk: Active for gender equality! What is the EU doing and is it enough? (Pan European Event by MeetEU)
The Corona crisis has highlighted the gender inequality, while at the same time the current generation is growing up with the name “Generation Equal.” A contradiction, because many grievances existed before the pandemic, such as unequal pay for the same work and disadvantages in the labor market due to family situation.
“Equality for all and equality in all its senses” is one of the guidelines of Ursula von der Leyen. Fittingly, the European Commission has set up a Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025, which addresses the current gaps. As the second program of its kind, it will have to address various challenges, the rising number of femicides and growing economic inequality.
What measures are being taken by the EU institutions and are they enough to achieve the gender equality already established in the 1957 Rome Treaties? Let’s talk about it with Maria Noichl, MEP S&D.
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Event reportOn Tuesday the 4th of April, a member of the European Parliament Ms. Noichl (S&D) was our guest on MeetEU and spoke about the EU’s gender equality strategy. Prior to entering politics, Noichl was a teacher of nutrition and design, she has also been or still is an activist. Ms. Noichl delivered a fascinating presentation on the EU’s gender equality strategy, with the question; gender equality is the EU doing enough? She replied with one strong answer; No. The European Union is doing a lot, but, at first, we should look at what are the biggest problems in today's EU gender equality policy? According to Ms. Noichl, there are four pillars; 1. Protection, 2. Participation, 3. Pay and 4. Power. In these four pillars, there is always a gap, which means that it is not equal. First, it is a shame that there is still a considerable gap in pay, income, and pensions for women in Europe. Secondly, everyday women in Europe are killed by men, it is still not fully safe for women and thus protection has to be increased. Participation, we still have not enough women in ruling positions, especially in the participation for power. But power means also the right to abortion, still, women in Europe are not allowed to make their own decision and that has to change, power has to shift. We have to understand there is not one country in the world, with a good future without gender equality. Gender equality is always linked with a good future for the Member States and gender equality is always directly linked with democracy. We really have to understand that if somebody pushed down or halted gender equality it is the same as limiting democracy. We need better legislation but also more ‘’color in the head’’, meaning that it is partly legislation that changes gender equality and also behavior. What you learn, how you look at things is what changes the world around us. To give an example; Could you tell me where Doctor Smith is? Most people assume that doctor Smith is a male, while it could also be a female. Stereotypes have to be expelled, to give another example that pink is for females and blue for boys, absurd! Advice from a participant: My boyfriend was not trained to clean, so I broke the vacuum cleaner and washing machine and let him fix it. Just as an example, even though I knew how to fix it, what I meant is to show you that there is this stereotype of woman and technique and that women are thought to be doing the standard jobs around the house (cleaning) that could also be done by men. This is a huge stereotype, and it has to stop! To conclude: the European Union is working hard on a better gender equality, but, there is still a lot that needs to be done and change. Gender equality has to end, for a better future, for a better Europe and hopefully the world
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