A progressive European Commission will protect and promote women’s rights

Today, on International Women’s Day, the PES stands up across Europe to promote women’s rights and fight inequality and discrimination.

A vote for a PES member party in the European elections is a vote to protect and promote women’s rights and empowerment. Frans Timmermans – the PES candidate for President of the European Commission - is in Madrid today to show solidarity with thousands of Spanish women who are marching across the country for equality.

The PES Common Candidate said:

“I am a feminist. That is why I say that it’s time to put an end to inequality in Europe. The fight for women’s rights must be shared by men and women. My two daughters and two sons must have an equal place and equal rights in society. It’s time to close the gender pay gap and pension gap. It’s time for women and men to have the same work-life balance. It’s time to put an end to gender-based violence and sexual harassment. It’s time for every woman to have access to their full sexual and reproductive rights.”

The PES Manifesto – A New Social Contract for Europe – includes proposals to introduce a binding EU Gender Equality Strategy to end the pay and pensions gap, combat sexual harassment and gender-based violence, and ensure every individual can access their rights.