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24 September 2014 – The FEMM Committee held its first exchange of views on the own initiative report on «Equalities between women and men in the EU in 2013», in response to an annual report of the Commission on the progress and state of European policies on this subject .
Rapporteur Marc Tarabella (Be, S&D) wishes to focus on the following seven fundamental themes:
- The impact of the crisis on women’s situation
- The Barcelona objectives, aiming at the development of childcare facilities in order to better integrate women into the labour market
- The question of gender taxation, meaning that some current taxes penalise working women
- Maternity leave
- Gender pay gap
- Violence against women
- The right to women to control their body.
MEPs of the FEMM committee were favourable to the report, except for the debate on abortion. Last year, the same own initiative report for the year 2012 was rejected following numerous disagreements between the political groups, and even among the groups themselves. They couldn’t reach an agreement on the question of the importance of the consequences of the crisis on women, nor on abortion. These two topics were heavily criticised by the conservatives (EPP, ECR, EFD) and supported by the left wing of the Parliament.
In this context, AEDH recalls its commitment to the defence of a woman’s right to control her own body.