For many years now the European Parliament has been celebrating International Women's Day with a special event bringing together parliamentarians from across Europe.
Women's participation in economy retains global salience. Though women's contributions to economy and science must be recognised and celebrated, the fact remains that in this changing world, the shift to inclusionary economy is not progressing as planned by the pledges of policy-makers. Further to the differences in the rate of participation for women and men in the labour market, gender gaps are sustained in today's labour markets, most notably in payment and pensions. Other gaps are also evident in the ability of women and men to balance private and professional lives, undertake entrepreneurship roles, be appointed in top management positions and on company boards, and participate in science and engineering professions.
On the occasion of the 2017 International Women's Day, the European Parliament's Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality invites Members of national Parliaments of the EU Member States, the enlargement countries, the countries in the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood and supranational parliamentary assemblies to attend an interparliamentary committee meeting on the theme: "Economic Empowerment: Let's act together!"