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23/10/2020 PES Women: Gender equality policies cannot be put on hold amid COVID-19 pandemic

Meeting by videoconference, PES Women convened to discuss key issues to advance the gender equality agenda at European level and in Member States. PES Women representatives expressed their concerns not only about the growing backlash against women’s rights but also the lack of focus on the topic in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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22/10/2020 PES condemns stealthy abortion restriction in Poland

The Party of European Socialists deplores the ruling by the Polish Constitutional Court that abortion due to foetal defects is unconstitutional. This decision radically limits the rights of Polish women.

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06/10/2020 PES Women: Angela Merkel must unblock ’Women on Boards’ Directive

Women make up less than 30% of board members and only 8% of CEOs of the largest listed companies in the EU. This gender inequality in economic decision-making is not only unfair, it is a waste of human resources, talent and innovative potential, PES Women said today as it called for the EU’s Women on Boards Directive to be implemented.

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25/09/2020 PES Women: Women’s rights must take centre stage in new EU asylum and migration pact

Gender equality in EU asylum and migration policy is not optional, it is essential. That was the message of PES Women Vice-President Marja Bijl to the PES Migration & Integration Network today, where she called once again for a gender-sensitive and humane EU asylum and migration policy on behalf of PES Women.

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18/09/2020 PES Women: democratic, female leadership in Belarus can no longer be silenced

We stand with all the women leading the democratic opposition in Belarus, this was the conclusion today as PES Women Executive members exchanged with Belarusian activists on the protests and women’s rights in the country.

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27/07/2020 PES Women expresses solidarity with women in Poland

PES Women is deeply worried by the latest move of the Polish ruling party Law and Justice (PiS) and its coalition partners who have announced their intention to withdraw Poland from the Istanbul Convention.

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10/07/2020 PES Women: EU Council must step up and deliver a recovery for women

PES Women has set out a series of policies to put gender equality at the heart of Europe’s recovery from COVID-19.

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08/07/2020 PES ministers for gender equality reaffirm commitment to accelerate women’s rights for a truly feminist and equal Europe

EU leaders must show a clear commitment to women’s rights and gender equality by creating a forum for intergovernmental exchange at the EU-level, progressive gender equality ministers agreed today.

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26/06/2020 Presidency reaffirms fight against gender inequality and racism

The fight against discrimination was in focus at yesterday’s PES Presidency meeting, as Presidency members received a campaign update from PES Women and adopted a declaration reaffirming the socialist and democratic family’s commitment to the fight against racism.

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19/06/2020 PES Women: It is time to create a formal Council configuration for Gender Equality

Ahead of the EU leaders meeting on 19 June, PES Women and its member organisations are once again calling on the European Council to establish a Council configuration for gender equality.

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