International Women’s Day: the European Parliament for Gender Equality

The EU has adopted legislation, published recommendations and good practices to improve gender equality at work, in politics or in other fields. The European Parliament, with its Standing Committee on Women’s Rights, has always strenuously defended the cause, and every year raises awareness of the issue by organising various events to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The European Parliament has repeatedly asked the European Commission to propose new measures to reduce the gender pay and pension gap. Proposals to combat sexual harassment in the workplace were also introduced in 2018.

The Parliament also calls for measures to improve the reconciliation of career and private life. In 2019, MEPs adopted new rules to reconcile work and private life and strengthen the rights of parents and carers in families.

With its resolutions, the Parliament also draws attention to the need to combat specific forms of violence against women, such as sexual harassment or online stalking, and the need to improve policy coherence for gender equality and other policies such as trade, migration and development.

Find out more about the European Parliament’s action for gender equality in the EU.