Gender equality contributes to economic growth, wrote in a report the European Commission.
EU response to the current crisis will affect the progress made in gender equality. It results from the latest annual European Commission report on equality between men and women.
Although there has been some progress in terms of more women in senior positions and smaller differences between men and women salary, major problems remain. To achieve the general goal of 75% employment for all adults by 2020, it is necessary that the EU countries increased presence of women in the labor market.
Various studies have confirmed that diversity pays off and that companies with more women on the boards outperform companies in governing bodies which are represented by only men.
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“The economic case for more jobs and greater representation of women in high positions are more than compelling. The objectives set out in the economy and employment can only be achieved if we fully exploit our human resources, both in the labor market as a whole and in senior positions, “said Viviane Reding, European Commission Vice-President responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and citizenship.
Report on progress in 2011 on gender equality is part of a broader report on the implementation of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union last year and covers the main points of development, both at national and European level, in five key areas identified in general strategy for gender equality for the period 2010-2015.
These are: economic independence, equal pay, representation in leadership positions, gender violence and gender equality outside the EU.
Differences threaten growth in Europe
Difference gap in salary between women and men in the EU decreased slightly. On average, women earn for every hour worked by 16.4% less pay than men. Differences in wages due to many factors, such as segregation in the labor market and offer various training opportunities.
Slow progress in reducing the pay gap between men and women on the boards of companies forced the Commission to launch public consultation on possible measures at EU level to this problem, which in turn threatens innovation and growth in Europe, to address.