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De Brún urges progress for women's rights on International Women's Day

8 March, 2011 - by Martina Anderson MEP

Bairbre de Brún MEP joined celebrations in the European Parliament, Strasbourg to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day. Members and called for progress on the issues of equality between men and women and an end female poverty.

Ms de Brún said, 'The progress made during the past 100 years in the area of women's rights has been incredible. Nevertheless, there remain many obstacles to overcome before true equality between men and women is finally achieved'.

De Brún continued, "100 years after the first International Women's Day, the day has been observed formally today at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The day highlights and celebrates the achievements and obstacles women have accomplished and overcome including the progress made concerning women's rights in education, in the social sphere and within the workplace.

"However, we still have a gender gap with regards to poverty, and areas of the economy where women are traditionally employed, such as the public sector, are currently being targeted by budget cuts. More should be done to deal with the feminisation of poverty and the economic crisis should not be used as an excuse by Member States to ignore one of the more vulnerable sections of society.

"We also need to improve women's representation in public and political life, through the use of quotas if needs be.

"We must use International Women's day to celebrate and encourage the achievements and work by women in all spheres of our society, but also to highlight how we can continue to move towards full equality.” CRÍOCH

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