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Joint statement on the occasion of International Women's Day 2018

Equality between women and men is one of the fundamental values of the European Union enshrined in our treaties. Our Union is a pioneer in tackling gender-based discrimination and we can be proud of the progress achieved: Europe is one of the safest and most equal places for women in the world.

But our work is not over – the path to full equality in practice is still a long one. Women and girls still face harassment, abuse and violence. And women are still too often prevented from breaking the glass ceiling, receiving lower pay and fewer opportunities for career and business development.

We want girls and women to achieve equality in all aspects of life: access to education, equal pay for equal work, access to top positions in companies and politics as well as protection from violence.

Advancing women's leadership and economic empowerment is an absolute priority for us. The European Union has put forward new legislation to improve work-life balance for working parents and caregivers, and an Action Plan to close the gender pay gap; and we are making sure that we lead by example: in February 2018, the number of women in managerial positions in the European Commission reached 36%, up from 11% when we took office in November 2014. President Juncker has committed to reaching 40% by 31 October 2019 at the end of our mandate.

We are also consistent in all aspects of all our policies, both inside the EU and in our external action by promoting gender equality and women's empowerment. Our policy contributes to the successful global implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the Women, Peace and Security Agenda. This year's European Development Days will focus on the vital role of women and girls in sustainable development, their equal participation and leadership in all walks of life. In addition, this year the EU has the leadership of the "Call to Action for Protection Against Gender-Based Violence", which brings together over 60 countries and organisations striving to ensure that gender-based violence is addressed in humanitarian crises.

The European Union assists women and girls across the world who are on the move or displaced, who are victims of violence, such as through the Spotlight initiative, or who are excluded from education, equal access to health and family planning services, the labour market, and political life more generally. Over 15 million girls of primary school age do not go to school around the world, so the EU is helping boost access to education from Africa, Latin America and the Middle East, to South East Asia.

Gender equality is not just about fairness and justice in Europe – it is also a necessity to achieve sustainable peace, security, development, economic prosperity and growth around the world.

Investing in the potential of women and girls is an investment in our whole societyand is the responsibility of men and boys as much as women and girls.

 

Signatories:

First Vice-President Frans Timmermans

EU High-Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy /Vice-President of the Commission Federica Mogherini

Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness Commissioner / Vice-President of the Commission Jyrki Katainen*

Budget and Human Resources Commissioner Oettinger

European Neighbourhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations Commissioner Johannes Hahn

International Cooperation and Development Commissioner Neven Mimica

Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos

Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Commissioner Marianne Thyssen

Economic and Financial Affairs, Taxation and Customs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici

Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Commissioner Christos Stylianides

Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc*

Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Commissioner Vera Jourová

Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Commissioner Tibor Navracsics

Regional Policy Commissioner Corina Crețu

Research, Science and InnovationCommissioner Carlos Moedas

Digital Economy and Society Mariya Gabriel

 

2018 国际妇女节联合声明

男女平等原则作为欧洲联盟的基本价值观之一,在我们的条约中得以体现。我们的联盟在解决性别歧视的问题上走在前列,我们也为已经取得的进展感到自豪:欧洲是全世界对女性来说最安全,最平等的地方之一。

但是我们的工作并未结束——真正实现完全平等还有很长一段路要走。妇女和女童仍面临骚扰、虐待和暴力。另外,女性仍常常受阻于无形障碍,薪酬较低,并且在职业和商业发展中拥有较少的机会。

我们希望女童和妇女们在生活的各个方面都享有平等:同等受教育的机会,同工同酬,拥有同样在企业和政坛担任较高职位的机会,以及暴力保护。

提高妇女的领导地位和经济赋权是我们工作重中之重。 欧盟提出了新的立法,以改善在职父母和照顾者的工作与生活平衡,并制定了一项缩小性别工资差距的行动计划; 我们确保以身作则:欧洲委员会中女性居管理职位的人数由2014年11月欧盟委员会成立初期的11%上升至2018年2月的36%, 欧洲委员会主席容克承诺将在2019年10月31日我们任期结束时达到40% 。

我们在所有政策方面也保持一致,无论是在欧盟内部还是在促进性别平等和赋予妇女权力的外部行动中。 我们的政策有助于全球成功实施可持续发展目标以及推动妇女,和平与安全议程。 今年的欧洲发展日将重点关注妇女和女童在可持续发展中的重要作用,他们在各行各业中的平等参与和领导力。 此外,今年欧盟主导发起了“保护免遭基于性别暴力的倡议”,该倡议汇聚了60多个国家和组织,努力确保在人道主义危机中解决基于性别暴力的问题。

在全世界范围内,例如通过聚光灯倡议,欧盟帮助那些因受暴力伤害而流离失所的妇女和女童,未能接受教育的女性,平等享有保健和计划生育服务,进入劳动力市场,以及更普遍的政治生活。 全世界有超过1500万小学适龄女童没有走进学校,所以,欧盟正在帮助提高从非洲、拉丁美洲、中东到东南亚的教育机会。

性别平等不仅仅关乎欧洲的公平和正义——这也是在世界各地促进实现可持续和平、安全、发展、经济繁荣和增长必须的。 对于妇女和女童潜力的投资是对我们整个社会的投资,也是男性和男童的责任,就像妇女和女童一样。

 

署名:

第一副主席弗兰斯·蒂默曼斯

欧盟外交与安全政策高级代表 / 欧洲委员会副主席费代丽卡·莫盖里尼

就业、增长、投资和竞争力委员 / 欧洲委员会副主席于尔基·卡泰宁

预算和人力资源委员古泽·奥廷格

欧盟内部政策和扩张谈判委员约翰内斯·哈恩

国际合作和发展委员耐文·米米卡

移民、内政及公民事务委员德米提斯·阿兰姆普洛斯

就业、社会事务、技能与劳动力流动委员玛丽亚娜·蒂森

经济金融事务、税收和关税同盟委员皮埃尔·莫斯科维奇

人道主义救援和危机管理委员克里斯托斯·斯蒂廉德

交通委员维尔勒塔·布尔茨*

司法、消费者权益和性别平等委员维拉·朱洛娃

教育、文化、青年和体育委员蒂伯·纳拉斯科斯

区域政策委员科里纳·克莱图

研究、科技和创新委员卡洛斯·莫达斯

数字经济和社会委员玛利亚·加布里埃尔

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