Procedure : 2019/2967(RSP)
Document stages in plenary
Document selected : O-000006/2020

Texts tabled :

O-000006/2020 (B9-0005/2020)

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PV 12/02/2020 - 18
CRE 12/02/2020 - 18

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Parliamentary questions
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22 January 2020
Question for oral answer O-000006/2020
to the Council
Rule 136
Evelyn Regner
on behalf of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality
 Answer in plenary 
 Subject: EU priorities for the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Between 16 and 18 March 2020, a delegation from Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality will attend the 64th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW64). The UN CSW64 will focus on reviewing and appraising the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (BPfA), the outcomes of the 23rd special session of the General Assembly, and the full realisation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Governments at the UN CSW64 are set to adopt a Political Declaration to mark the 25th anniversary of the BPfA. 25 years after the adoption of the BPfA, women’s rights and gender equality have still not yet been fully realised. Women in Europe and around the world are still facing:

– economic inequalities, including gender segregation in labour markets, a lack of participation in the labour market from women from poorer backgrounds and gender pay and pension gaps;

– violence (including physical, emotional, sexual, economic and coercive);

– backlashes against their rights (including sexual and reproductive health and rights) and persisting stereotypes;

– a lack of representation in decision making.

A renewed commitment is now needed, with more ambition, more accountability and significant resources.

Can the Council elaborate on the main points to be made in the European Union statements at the UN CSW64, and on how Parliament’s priorities will be incorporated? How will it ensure that the EU has a strong coordinated approach and that there is an ambitious and strong commitment the Political Declaration? What specific measures will it include in order to ensure real progress towards gender equality, following the priorities of the current presidency which include empowering women in society and in the labour market?

What steps will it take to ensure that the EU and its Member States accelerate their commitment to the implementation of the BPfA and the Beijing+25 Political Declaration by integrating gender equality goals into relevant future EU strategies and policy processes, including economic and budgetary policies? Specifically, what new steps will be taken to mainstream the gender perspective in all EU policies and programmes?

How will it further its cooperation with civil society, particularly women’s organisations, in order to achieve the objectives of the BPfA and to prepare the EU position at the UN CSW64?

Submitted: 22/01/2020

Lapses: 23/04/2020

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