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Equality between women and men: progress, but change is too slow

Mar 7, 2019 | News

(07 March 2019) – On the occasion of this year’s International Women’s Day, the European Commission has published its 2019 report on equality between women and men in the EU. The good news is that Europe is making progress; however, we must speed up change.

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Today’s report shows some progress in gender equality, but women still continue to face inequalities in many areas:

• The EU employment rate for women reached an all-time high of 66.4 % in 2017, but the situation differs across Member States.

• Women are more at risk of poverty, with salaries on average 16% lower than for men.

• Women remain largely under-represented in Parliaments and government.

• The glass-ceiling remains a reality in the business world.

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