We are a feminist party, which fights for equal rights and opportunities for all women, men and non-binary people. Gender equality and LGBTI rights are crucial for well-functioning democracies, and any form of discrimination is unacceptable in our modern European societies.
PES Women, our women’s organisation, is leading the fight to end gender stereotypes, promote equal access and opportunities in decision-making, to close the pay and pension gaps, combat gender-based violence, and ensure equal access to sexual and reproductive health and rights for women in all their diversity. We gender mainstream all our policies, and are working with our member parties and organisations, Ministers, Commissioners and partners in civil society organisations to implement the EU Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 and reach the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal No. 5 on gender equality.
Rainbow Rose, our associated LGBTI organisation, works to promote space for LGBTI people and policies in the party, end violent medical interventions on intersex and trans people, and ensure all rainbow families are treated equally across Europe.
Combatting gender-based violence
Gender-based violence is a human rights violation. One in three women in Europe have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence since the age of 15. We urge all EU Member States to ratify and implement the Istanbul Convention, to make Europe a safer place for all women by recognising multiple forms of gender-based violence, taking measures to prevent it, protect victims and prosecute perpetrators. It is the only way forward for Europe to guarantee the protection and safety of all women, girls and vulnerable groups in Europe, including Roma women, women with disabilities as well as refugee women, migrants and LGBTI people arriving to Europe.
A feminist economy
We fight to close the gender gaps through a feminist economy. Social and economic policies must properly acknowledge the contribution made by women. We advocate equal pay for work of equal value, binding pay transparency legislation, and measures to improve women’s labour market participation and combat gender stereotypes. We need better work-life balance, more public investment in the welfare state, and more women in economic and political decision-making.
All rights for all women
All women in Europe, in all their diversity, should have equal access to participation in decision-making, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and gender-responsive and gender-mainstreamed political institutions. We value diversity, inclusion and an intersectional approach to equality.