In May 2019, the new composition of the European Parliament will be voted by European citizens. The decision of the elections will also have an impact on the face of the new European Commission and will have an influence on European politics, taking on the present and shaping the future of women and girls in Europe.
We hope that you can join us in the campaign for #genderequalEU, data show that women are still very much second-class citizens in the European Union (EU) – 2018 Report on equality between women and men in EU
HOW CAN YOU HELP TO PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY IN THE EU?
1. Vote for women candidates who promote women rights and gender equality issues. We need more #womenasexperts in the parliament, see here Women in the EU Parliament
Did you know that women make more than half (51 %) of the EU population? And yet, our share of political power in the EP is currently down to 36 %. Yes, even less than in spring 2017 (picture). We need to change that.
2. Encourage others to vote. Spread the word to your NFAs, friends, relatives, colleagues…The percentage of people voting in the EU elections is decreasing. In 2014 elections, only 42 % of the EU electorate voted.
#ThistimeImvoting campaign reminds us that “as Europeans we face many challenges, from migration to climate change, from youth unemployment to data privacy. We live in an ever more globalized, competitive world. At the same time, the Brexit referendum has demonstrated that the EU is not an irrevocable project. And while most of us take democracy for granted, it also seems under increasing threat, both in principle and practice.”
3. Support the EWL’s 50/50 campaign. “With the campaign 50/50: Women for Europe – Europe for Women, the European Women’s Lobby wants to achieve parity in the European Parliament, but also among the Commissioners and regarding the top EU jobs. We also want the EU to realize that ensuring equality between women and men and integrating a gender perspective in all policy and financial frameworks is an obligation of the European Union as per the EU Treaties.”
4. Sign the petition for a Feminist Europe on the EWL’s website.
5. Utilize social media. Feel free to use this photo in Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
6. After the elections, encourage your government to put forward a woman as your candidate for European Commissioner.
As you can see, there weren’t too many of them in the 2014 – 2019 commission.
7. Also, remind your elected MEPs that gender equality deserves more than 1 % of the EU budget