Equality between women and men in the European Union - 2009 (debate)
Strasbourg, 8 February, 2010
Madam President, ladies and gentlemen,
more women have entered the labour market. However, more jobs does not always mean more quality jobs. There are high numbers of women in part-time work and in jobs that have been particularly hard hit by the present crisis.
Approximately 60% of all university graduates are women, and yet, there are barriers effectively stopping women from making the most of their potential.
That is why we have to establish binding minimum standards: EU-wide minimum standards for parental leave, improved child care and improved health care. That is how we can break many gender-based stereotypes and finally achieve the imperative of real equality between the sexes.