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Commission must do better on equality- Lynn Boylan MEP

8 March, 2016 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

On the occasion of International Women's Day, Lynn Boylan MEP has called on the European Commission to do better on equality.

Ms Boylan, author of the report for the employment committee on poverty from a gender perspective said:

“Equality cannot be achieved with austerity and its aftermath still wreaking havoc across Europe.

Unfortunately across Europe for women inequality is increasing, the pay gap is increasing, unemployment among women is increasing and violence against women is increasing.

Inequality in the workplace is still rife. This is despite research stating that companies with women in leadership roles do better, women are more likely to work part-time than men in almost every EU member state.”

Ms Boylan continued:

“I welcome media reports that the EU Commission will review it position on the gender pay gap and is reportedly considering legislation requiring companies to be transparent about what they pay employees.

In Ireland the gender pay gap has increased to 35%.

Many factors contribute to the rising inequality in the workplace, but I believe that access to affordable childcare is one of the main barriers and reason why many women in Ireland are choosing not to work.

The next government needs to make childcare a priority issue and the EU Commission, for its part, must revive the maternity leave directive withdrawn by the Commission in July 2015.”

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