Women and girls are half of Europe’s population, and are entitled to the same rights as men and boys. Achieving substantive equality between women and men, promoting women’s rights and empowering women should be a priority of the European Union (EU) and its Member States. Gender equality is an essential part of democracy, social justice, human rights and dignity. The European Parliament (EP) has the power and responsibility to create meaningful change towards equality for all, now and in the future.

67 MEPs or candidates to the EP signed up to the manifesto, including three ‘Top Candidates’: Ska Keller, Guy Verhofstadt and Martin Schultz. Of the signatories 40% were from S&D, 27% from the Greens, 16% from ALDE, 9% from GUE, 4% from EPP and 3% Non-attached. 33 of the signatories were elected to the EP.

Vote on the EU Strategy for equality between women and men post 2015

Vote Breakdown

341

For

281

Against

81

Abstain

46

Absent

312 votes required to pass.

The vote on the report on the EU Strategy for equality between women and men post 2015, by rapporteur Maria Noichl (S&D, GE), took place on 9 June 2015.

Pledge 1: A comprehensive framework to achieve gender equality

Strengthen and implement the EU legal framework on gender equality

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Adopt and implement the EU Strategy for Equality between women and men 2015-2020

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Strengthen the EP Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

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Ensure gender mainstreaming throughout the work of the EP

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Appoint an EU Coordinator on women’s rights and gender equality, who reports to the European Commission’s President

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Pledge 2: Sustainable funding for gender equality

Introduce an EU budget which is gender-sensitive, environmentally sustainable and promotes social cohesion

The European Parliament passes an annual resolution on gender mainstreaming at the occasion of International Womens’ Day on March 8. The Parliament has “gradually developed a gender mainstreaming structure. However, analysis shows that the system is fragmented and not particularly efficient.

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Urge Member States to allocate budgets for women’s rights and gender equality at all levels

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