Started by Julian, Mar 08, 2006, 07:41 AM
EU's gender gap still wide open
Statistics released by the EU to mark International Women's Day show European women do better in school than men, but get lower pay and fewer top jobs.
Gender institute The measures include:Setting up a European Institute for gender equalityreviewing all existing EU gender equality lawincreasing awareness of gender inequalityensuring gender equality is considered in all policiespressing for better statistics It also seeks to tackle the pay gap, support a better work/life balance, eliminate violence and trafficking. The European institute for gender equality - described as a "centre of excellence for gender equality issues, providing expertise and improving knowledge" - should be operational by 1 January 2007. It will have a budget of 52.5 million euros for the period until 2013. The review of legislation is in line with the drive by European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to legislate "less but better".
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