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July 24, 2015 5:07 PM

Concern about the sustainability of protection against discrimination in Estonia

Zita Gurmai, PES Women President On July 7th, the Estonian Human Rights Centre alongside with twelve other non-governmental organisations addressed a joint letter of concern to the Minister for Social Protection Margus Tsahkna, questioning the transparency of the selection procedure of the newly appointed Estonian Gender Equality and Equal Treatment Commissioner. Few days earlier, Tsahkna from the national conservative Pro Patria and Res Publica Union had named his fellow party member at the time, Liisa Pakosta as the new Commissioner.

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July 08, 2015 11:34 AM

Budapest, Power to Women

PES Women leadershipIn the light of 2015, the year for gender equality and women’s rights in Europe and around the world, PES Women organised its yearly conference 'Power to Women' with the aim of taking stock and contribute to the future of women's rights and gender equality - be it as our vision for an EU gender equality strategy 2015-2020 or for the follow-up on the Beijing Platform for Action.

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April 09, 2015 4:30 PM

Strengthening Arab social democratic women

It is under the slogan Taste of Freedom: Power to Women that the Global Progressive Forum with its Partners, PES Women, the S&D Group, Solidar and the Arab Social Democratic Forum (ASDF), wanted to mark its presence at this year's World Social Forum in Tunis.

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March 17, 2015 11:56 AM

Power to Women

Dear friends,

I am writing this in New York, where I am spending some days at the occasion of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nations. The week was very fruitful for PES Women. I was pleased to talk about our issues at several side events, on the subject of economic crisis and sexual exploitation with our friends of the European Women’s Lobby; the new generation of women in politics with our Irish Gender Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin; and the vision of the Socialist International Women. 

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January 09, 2015 4:09 PM

Keep drawing

In solidarity with the victims of ‘Charlie Hebdo’ and defenders of freedom of media and in the name of freedom of expression and democracy, we need to remain united and firm in our fight for liberties and values that we have fought for so long. We condemn all acts that jeopardize these principles of fundamental rights. I call everyone to take a pencil and keep drawing.


December 12, 2014 12:21 PM

Beyond austerity, towards employment and gender equality

On Friday 12 December, I was in Barcelona to participate at the seminar organised by the Foundation of European Progressive Studies and the Rafael Campalans Foundation as part of the “Beyond austerity, towards employment” research project (led by the FEPS).  This one focuses on “Progressive economic policies for equitable growth and job creation”, creating opportunity to discuss the effect or gender-blind austerity policies on the situation of women in Europe. The seminar was hosted and supported by the Catalan Socialist Party (PSC).

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December 02, 2014 10:54 AM

Gender quotas: Europe cannot afford the loss of 50 percent of its talent

I was happy to hear this week’s good news as on Tuesday 26 November, Germany decided the introduction, from 2016, of a quota requirement of at least 30% of women in supervisory boards. Although, this was part of the coalition agreement, its confirmation is an important signal for Germany and the EU, who has worked on similar legislation in the past years.

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August 27, 2014 9:55 AM

Priorités du PSE après les élections européennes de 2014

foto.jpegLe texte qui suit sont mes remarques à la Convention de la fédération des Français de l'Etra du 26 Août.

Il était plus qu'heureux de partager ce panneau avec Richard Gabriel, Antoine et Marie-Rose, qui sont des membres actifs de la politique européenne de la famille du PSE..

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August 22, 2014 4:13 PM

A NATIONAL PLATFORM TO PROMOTE FEMALE ENTREPRENEURSHIP – MINISTER CARDONA

pr141870a.jpgToday, the Minister for the Economy, Investment and Small Business, Dr Chris Cardona had a formal discussion on Female Entrepreneurship with Ms Zita Gurmai PES Women President and Former MEP

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April 01, 2014 12:14 PM

Equal Pay is key to women’s empowerment, a source of progress for all


biicme0ieaac0q5.jpgIf we take a quick look at the countries of the European Union, and make a quick comparison with the rest of the world, we might get the impression that we have made so much progress in Europe that equality between women and men has been reached. Often we hear that the fight of the feminists is over, and the feminist movement itself is not relevant as such any more.

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