International Women's Day
"Equal pay for work of equal value is one of the central issues to achieve social justice in our continent," stated European Parliament President Martin Schulz opening the conference to celebrate International Women's Day at the European Parliament in Brussels.
"It's a disgrace that women are paid less than men for the same job. This leaves me speechless, as there are no words to describe such an injustice".
Statistics are still very worrying, added Schulz, recalling that: "60% of graduates in Europe are women, but only 3.2% of chairpersons of large companies are women. This is a scandalous gap. For this reason, the European Parliament expressly supports the initiative of Commission Vice-President Reding that foresees the possibility of binding quotas for women in boards of European companies. All measures deemed appropriate to fight against this shocking injustice are very welcome."
Note to editors:
The full opening remarks of President Schulz, as well as a video-message to mark the International Women's Day are available for download on Europe by Satellite on the following link:
The programme of the conference is available here:
For further information:
Armin MachmerSpokespersonMobile: +32 479 97 11 98
Raffaella De MartePress OfficerMobile: +32 485 54 51 60