24/07/2014 Progressive alliance makes fight against inequality priority
On 22 and 23 August the Progressive Alliance organised an exchange on ‘the global fight against inequality’ in Montevideo, Uruguay. 'As progressives, we have seen the world evolve at a high speed in the last couple of years, often to the detriment of the weakest in our society', says Marije Laffeber, Deputy Secretary General of the PES. 'We need a new agenda, a new global message, with equality and social justice at its core.'
15/07/2014 PES Women says NO to withdrawal of Maternity Leave Directive.
PES Women President Zita Gurmai together with her S&D colleagues from the European Parliament today strongly advocated keeping the legislative work on Maternity Leave Directive on the agenda of this new Parliament.
02/07/2014 Beijing 20+, "Women, seize the moment and let’s advance"
Zita Gurmai, President of PES Women, attended the Socialist International Women Council in Mexico on 26-27 June, calling for progress, mobilization and action to secure women’s future in the context of the Beijing 20+ Platform for Action.
28/06/2014 Socialist International Women Council in Mexico
Socialist International Women (SIW) is currently hosting its council in Mexico City . Women from 32 countries gathered to discuss on 'Declaration and Platform for action Beijing + 20' and looking at the concrete stepts that have been taken to improve the position of women since the UN Beijing Womens Conference held in 1995.
17/04/2014 Martin Schulz & Women’s Rights Minister Najat Vallaud-Belkacem discuss a More Equal Europe
In Paris today, Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister for Women’s Rights, handed to PES Common Candidate Martin Schulz a ‘Déclaration Parité’. This ‘equality declaration’ was the main topic of discussion as they met at the Hôtel De Broglie ahead of Schulz’s evening rendez-vous at the Cirque d’Hiver for the Parti Socialiste’s European election campaign launch.
14/04/2014 PES Women President and Estonian Social Affairs Minister call for immediate action on Equal Pay
During her visit to Estonia, Zita Gurmai, PES Women President met with Social Affairs Minister Helmen Kütt and discussed the worrying existing gender pay gap in Estonia.
13/04/2014 Power to women for European Elections in Pärnu; closing the gender pay gap!
Today, the Social Democratic Party of Estonia (SDE) is hosting this years 3rd event of the Equal Pay Action Days. Between 9 and 21 April different actions and gatherings are organised to raise awareness and mark the Equal Pay Day in Estonia, which is the highest in the EU reaching 30%. Thanks to KADRI, the SDE women's organisation, the Equal Pay Day as well as an Action Plan by the government were put into place in 2011 and yearly specific recommendations and actions have been put forward to reduce and eventually close the gender pay gap.
31/03/2014 Young Bulgarians discuss European elections with PES Women President
On Saturday 29 March, the Youth Union of the Bulgarian Socialist Party met in the National Palace of Culture in Sofia to elect their new board and to discuss the issues affecting young people across the country. PES Women President Zita Gurmai addressed over 700 delegates from across the country, with a clear focus on youth unemployment and gender equality.
20/03/2014 PES Women host empowerment seminar at UN HQ New York
In New York, PES Women builds bridges between local communities and international decision-makers. On Wednesday 19 March at 18.00 in the UN headquarters in New York, PES Women and Vision Films presented the film "The Threshold of the Desert", followed by a debate on women’s empowerment with the participation of representatives from UN Women, UNPD and the civil society.
11/03/2014 PES congratulates Chile's new Social Democratic President
The Party of European Socialists (PES) is pleased to celebrate today the inauguration of Chile's new Social Democratic President, Michelle Bachelet. Vice-President Jan Royall and Deputy Secretary General Marije Laffeber are in Chile to represent the PES.