Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee

ABOUT THE COMMITTEE

The European Parliament’s Women's Rights Committee focuses on gender equality issues, ensuring that women and girls are both protected and empowered. ECR MEPs recognise the need of Member States to coordinate their own policies without interference of the European Parliament in areas where it has no subsidiarity.

MAIN ECR PRIORITIES

Women in work

The ECR has successfully worked alongside women in the community to bring about change which really affects women’s lives. In the past, we have campaigned to improve women’s access to micro-loans and we continue to encourage women to become entrepreneurs. The ECR supports voluntary measures to get more women into company boards and into senior leadership roles with business. Rather than rules, regulations and sanctions we encourage companies to make the workplace as flexible and family-friendly as possible.

Protecting women

The ECR group is proud to protect women in extremely vulnerable situations and stands up to eradicate all types of discrimination and violence against women, including sexual abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriages, so-called honour crimes, the commercial sexual exploitation of women. The ECR stands strongly to ensure that women who are victims to all sorts of violence have access to an adequate standard of healthcare and emotional support. We stand strongly to tackle the issue of poverty among older women, single mothers, women with disabilities, migrant women and women from minorities.

MEMBERS

ECR Members of the FEMM Committee:

  • Jana ŽITŇANSKÁ MEP (SK), Committee Vice Chairman
  • Jadwiga WIŚNIEWSKA MEP (PL), ECR Deputy Coordinator

Substitute Members:

  • Arne GERICKE MEP (DE)
  • Julie GIRLING MEP (UK)
  • Branislav ŠKRIPEK MEP (SK)

ADVISORS

Read more about the WOMEN'S RIGHTS AND GENDER EQUALITY COMMITTEE

Across the EU girls and women enjoy varying degrees of equality. The ECR’s policy on women’s rights focuses on empowering women through different means, focusing on achieving protection for women from physical and sexual violence. Rather than rules, regulations and sanctions we encourage companies to make the workplace as flexible and family-friendly as possible. The European Union must lead by example and facilitate exchange of useful practices among the Member States and not seek to impose complex targets on Member States when their own institutions lack the capacity to reach these targets.

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