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The Party of European Socialists (PES) Women President Zita Gurmai expresses her full support to the Labour Party’s legislative proposal to compel big companies to publicly reveal the salary difference between women and men and thus combat the pay gap. Tabled today in the Parliament of the United Kingdom, this mandatory publication, called the “pay transparency” for large employers, was already submitted in 2010 but rejected by the conservative government.


PES Women President Zita Gurmai welcomed today the efforts and engagement made by the Italian Presidency on equality issues: “The Italian Presidency has not only spoken on equality issues, but is also acting on it to make issues like the maternity leave directive and anti-discrimination directive a reality”.


In Europe, 7 women die every day from male domestic violence and an average of 33% of women have suffered from men’s violence.

Today, the Party of European Socialists commemorates the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women (25 November). PES Women President Zita Gurmai used the occasion to make three strong demands:


Party of European Socialists President, Sergei Stanishev has welcomed the scrapping of a controversial proposal by the conservative Spanish government to refuse the right to abortion. The Spanish Government u-turn comes after months of pressure from European and global women’s’ rights groups, including PES Women


The Party of European Socialists (PES) President Sergei Stanishev today called on Europe’s leaders to guarantee a strong Commission that will bring the progressive change that Europe desperately needs.


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PES Women President's blog


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Dear friends, I am writing this in New York, where I am spending some days at the occasion of the 59th Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) of the United Nations. The week was very fruitful for PES Women. I was pleased to talk about our issues at several side...



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In solidarity with the victims of ‘Charlie Hebdo’ and defenders of freedom of media and in the name of freedom of expression and democracy, we need to remain united and firm in our fight for liberties and values that we have fought for so long. We condemn all acts that...



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On Friday 12 December, I was in Barcelona to participate at the seminar organised by the Foundation of European Progressive Studies and the Rafael Campalans Foundation as part of the “Beyond austerity, towards employment” research project (led by the FEPS).  This one focuses on “Progressive economic policies for equitable growth and job...