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EU should facilitate women´s entry in professional life


The EP´s women´s rights committee approved on 19 February an own-initiative report setting out what measures are needed. The report points out that women already suffer from lower salaries and employment security compared to men, which makes them more vulnerable to changes in the job market. Elisabeth Morin-Chartier, who wrote the report, told us: "When the economic crisis started, men were hit first, but now women face a silent crisis that makes their situation worse."

Some 32% of women work part-time compared to 8% of men. Women, who traditionally have more responsibility for family issues, have been hit by cuts in welfare.Many are forced to leave work to care for children and older relatives. Single mothers are particularly vulnerable.On top of that, women earn on average 17% less than men.

The report adopted by the women´s rights identifies several measures to help women in the job market. According to the report, the EU should facilitate women´s entry in professional life through the European Social Fund and other programmes. Member states should encourage women to start up their own company, companies should open more crèches and gender equality should be integrated in the employment and economic policies of the EU and its member states.  

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