On 13 October 2014, EP FEMM Committee discussed the progress made in 2013 with experts, which will be fed into an upcoming report by MEP Marc Tarabella (S&D, BE). They also debated a report being written by MEP Maria Noichl (S&D, DE), proposing a strategy for improving equality after 2015.

Every year, EP FEMM Committee adopts a report on progress made towards achieving equality between women and men, in regard to the European Strategy for Equality between Women and Men 2010-2015. An evaluation report from the Committee for 2012 was written by MEP InÍs Cristina Zuber (GUE, PT). Mr Tarabella is writing the report that looks back to 2013.

Despite evidence of progress being made, Europe is still lagging behind in several urgent areas, such as gender-based violence, social exclusion and human trafficking. The new planned gender equality strategy post-2015 and the EP own-initiative report is expected to "make suggestions to the new Commission on how to act for the sake of gender equality in the coming five years, in areas such as women in the labour market, violence, health issues and issues of multiple discrimination.

Also, at the beginning of September, 2014, at the request of the FEMM Committee, the Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs Policy Department held a workshop on "A new strategy for gender equality post- 2015". The Workshop provided an analysis and respective recommendations for actions to be taken to improve the situation of women and to reach gender equality by the European Commission and other European actors before 2020 in seven different areas: Gender Mainstreaming, Gender Budgeting and monitoring; Economic independence and the position of women in the labour market; Maternity leave, paternity leave and parental leave and unpaid care work; Women in political and economic decision-making; Dignity, integrity and violence against women; and Gender aspects of foreign affairs and development cooperation. The full report from the workshop can be found here. Unfortunately, no specific focus was given to gender-related health inequalities.

For more information see: Gender equality: MEPs work on strategy to offer men and women the same opportunities

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