Procedure : 2018/2684(RSP)
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Document selected : B8-0099/2019

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CRE 12/02/2019 - 21

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further to Question for Oral Answer B8‑0005/2019

pursuant to Rule 128(5) of the Rules of Procedure

on experiencing a backlash in women’s rights and gender equality in the EU (2018/2684(RSP))

Jadwiga Wiśniewska, Arne Gericke on behalf of the ECR Group

European Parliament resolution on experiencing a backlash in women’s rights and gender equality in the EU (2018/2684(RSP))  

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to Article 8 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union (TFEU), which states that the Union ‘shall promote equality between men and women’,

–  having regard to Article 168 of the TFEU on public health, and in particular paragraph 7 thereof, which states that ‘Union action shall respect the responsibilities of the Member States for the definition of their health policy and for the organisation and delivery of health services and medical care’,

–  having regard to its resolution of 10 December 2013 on sexual and reproductive health and rights(1),

–  having regard to the question to the Commission on experiencing a backlash in women’s rights and gender equality in the EU (O-000135/2018 – B8‑0005/2019),

–  having regard to Rules 128(5) and 123(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas equality between men and women has largely been achieved in the European Union, but important issues remain to be solved such as the gender pay and pension gaps, violence against women, forced marriage, female genital mutilation, women’s representation in politics and science, and work-life balance,

B.  whereas the formulation and implementation of policies on sexual and reproductive health and rights and on sexual education in schools is a competence of the Member States;

C.  whereas the EU, which is obliged in all its actions to promote equality between men and women, should act where it has competence in accordance with the Treaties, but it may also help to promote best practices among Member States in other areas;

1.  Regrets that little progress has been achieved in recent years in some key initiatives relating to eliminating the gender pay and pension gaps, work-life balance and women’s representation in public life; calls on all relevant EU institutions, therefore, to ensure that substantial progress is achieved within the next few years;

2.  Points to the fact that all Member States punish violence against women, and yet statistics clearly show that the incidence of such violence is increasing in many of them; calls on all the Member States to step up their efforts to eliminate violence against women, with a particular focus on sexual violence, female genital mutilation and forced marriage of young girls;

3.  Calls on the Member States to always take into account the best interests and specific needs of women in designing their health strategies and policies;

4.  Draws particular attention to the problem of stereotypes and the sexualisation of women’s image, which should be tackled by all competent institutions, including by means of Member States’ education programmes;

5.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the governments and parliaments of the Member States, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and the Secretary-General of the United Nations.



OJ C 468, 15.12.2016, p. 66.

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