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Wednesday, 12 February 2020 - Strasbourg Provisional edition

Gender Equality Strategy (debate)
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  Danuta Maria Hübner (PPE). – Madam President, gender equality is a matter of justice to women. Even in the most conservative societies, we see brave women putting the issue of their rights on the public agenda, but their demands are not always turned into policies; change does not always happen. Politicians often pay lip service to gender equality, but fail to recognise the genuine role of women in society, the economy, business and politics.

If Europe wants to achieve its strategic goals, we cannot miss out on the issue of the participation of half of the population. If we want to make the planned conference on the future of Europe a game changer, based on an authentic dialogue with citizens, we have to listen to the perspective of women as citizens. We have to go beyond the European Union and offer our solidarity to women who are out there fighting for equality in their own cultural and national context.

The new strategy presented by the Commission is a good blueprint for action, but it is also a signal that Europe will never give up on human rights and justice. I strongly believe, as a woman and as a Member of this House, that the EU can be the beacon of courage and hope for women.

 
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