This is a list of press releases on the activities of the FEMM commitee.

Parliament calls for measures to promote gender equality in the media sector (20.02.2018)

Member states and media companies should step up their efforts to combat gender inequality in the media sector, say Gender Equality MEPs. Read more

Zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (07.02.2018)

The Commission and member states must step up their efforts to help end female genital mutilation, said MEPs in a resolution voted on Wednesday. Read more

Strengthening gender equality in trade agreements (24-01-2018)

Women’s Rights and International Trade MEPs call for provisions in EU trade agreements to promote women’s rights, in a resolution voted on Wednesday. Read more

Climate change: mitigating the impact on women (16-01-2018)

As women are hit harder than men by climate change, MEPs call for action to empower them and protect those most vulnerable, in a resolution adopted on Tuesday. Read more

Ending child marriages (04-10-2017)

Women’s empowerment, protecting and promoting sexual and reproductive health are among the measures to be taken to combat child marriages, say MEPs in a resolution adopted on Wednesday. Read more

MEPs call for zero tolerance for violence against women(12-09-2017)

The EU’s accession to the Istanbul Convention will provide a coherent European legal framework to prevent and combat violence against women and gender-based violence.Read more

Stepping up women’s economic empowerment in private and public sectors: good for gender equality and boosting EU economy (12-07-2017)

Better work-life balance, gender equality plans and measures on pay transparency for private companies are needed to improve women’s economic empowerment in private and public sectors. Read more

Women´s rights in Poland: MEPs checked the situation in the country  (24-05-2017)

MEPs observed the situation of women’s rights in the country with a special focus on the implementation of the Istanbul convention and victims of violence, sexual and reproductive rights and women’s economic empowerment. Read more

Women’s Rights: MEPs call for better work-life balance to prevent pension gaps (04-05-2017)

Better work-life balance, awareness and fighting inequality in employment and pay gaps are important measures to end and prevent gender pension gaps, said members of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee in a text adopted on Wednesday. Read more

FEMM committee Chair reaction to the work-life balance proposal (26-04-2017)

In the framework of the European Pillar of Social Rights, the European Commission presented its proposal on work-life balance to the Parliament on Wednesday afternoon. Chair of the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee, Vilija Blinkevičiūtė (S&D, LT), stated: Read more

Women empowerment: Women’s Rights Committee successfully concluded CSW session (23-03-2017)

A delegation of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality of the European Parliament, led by the Committee Chair Ms Vilija Blinkevičiūtė (S&D, LT), successfully concluded its work in the 61st annual session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York. Participants included Agnieszka Kozłowska-Rajewicz, Anna Hedh, Jadwiga Wiśniewska, Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea, Ángela Vallina, Monika Vana and Daniela Aiuto. Members attended the session from 20 to 23 March 2017. Read more

  EU is stuck half way to achieving gender equality, MEPs say(14-03-2017)

The EU and its member states should step up their efforts to achieve equality between women and men. Despite progress on some issues, much remains to be done to reduce pay gaps, remove “glass ceilings” blocking women’s careers, remedy their lack of economic independence and improve their work/life balance, say MEPs in a non-legislative resolution voted on Tuesday. Read more

"Women’s economic empowerment: let’s act together" (08-03-2017)

“We cannot make the world a safer, fairer and more prosperous place unless we empower women to realise their full potential in all areas”, said EP President Antonio Tajani at the opening of an interparliamentary meeting on Wednesday. Read more

Step up the fight for equal pay for men and women in the EU, say MEPs (02-03-2017)

Despite the 2006 EU directive promoting gender equality in the labour market, differences in pay for men and women persist and exceed 40% when it comes to pensions. In Wednesday’s debate, MEPs asked the EU Commission and the Council what steps they plan to take to close the gender pay gap. Read more

Give more support to women in rural areas, urge MEPs (28-02-2017)

EU member states should pay particular attention to the needs of women in rural areas to create better living conditions and halt depopulation, say the Agriculture and Women’s Rights Committees in a resolution voted on Tuesday. Facilitating and promoting women’s access to the labour market in rural areas could be the key to sustaining populations in rural areas and should become a top priority in future rural development policies, they add. Read more

Women's Rights MEPs elected the new bureau (25-01-2017)

Vilija BLINKEVIČIŪTĖ (S&D, LT) will chair the European Parliament’s Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) for the next two and a half years, decided committee members by acclamation on Wednesday. They also elected the four vice-chairs, who together with the chair will form the new FEMM bureau. Read more