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A report by Amalia Sartori MEP (Italy), EPP-ED Coordinator of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality, on a roadmap for gender equality was debated on Monday 12 March in Strasbourg. The report highlights that women still earn 15% less than men across the European Union, despite the improvements in their social, political and economic position during the past 30 years.

The European Parliament adopted the resolution of 13 March 2007 on a Roadmap for equality between women and men (2006-2010).

MEPs want the principle of equal pay for equal work to be properly applied, paternity leave encouraged, action taken against violence, better integration of immigrant women and promotion of respect for women’s rights in the EU’s external relations.

The report follows the 2006 Commission Communication, which identifies six priority actions areas, specifying indicators for monitoring progress towards equality.

The six priority action areas are:
  • Achieving equal economic independence for women and men
  • Enhancing reconciliation of work and family life
  • Promoting equal participation of women and men in decision-making
  • Eradicating gender-based violence and trafficking in human beings
  • Eliminating gender stereotypes in society
  • Promoting gender equality outside the EU

Given that 2007 is European Year for Equality of Opportunities for All, MEPs are keen to place renewed emphasis on these issues. Yet they point out that the roadmap – presented in March 2006 – “does not contain a single new legislative proposal”.