August 27, 2008
Without improving the position of women in the labour market, it is hard to create a socially coherent Europe.
Gender equality is inextricably linked with employment and social inclusion, two objectives actively pursued through the Lisbon Strategy.
To this effect, the PES Group at the Committee of the Regions is recommending that the Strategy for Growth and Jobs should be gender mainstreamed in relation not only to its Jobs and Social Inclusion part as is currently the case, but also to the Growth element.
More specifically, we call for a clear reference to equal opportunities in all 24 Integrated Guidelines for Growth and Jobs, which cover the macro-economic, micro-economic and employment dimensions.
Insofar as job creation is concerned, we point out that there is an urgent need to monitor the quantitative progress of women in the labour market, which is still insufficient, and admittedly still leaves them disadvantaged in relation to men since they continue to be both under-employed and underpaid. We therefore reiterate our call for a decentralised and gender-sensitive implementation of the Lisbon Strategy.
Local and regional authorities are generally in a position to provide an accurate mapping of the labour market and unemployment situation in their area, reflecting the specificities – including gender – of both job holders and job seekers. We also highlight their key role in improving women’s employability through the provision of education and lifelong learning opportunities.
For further details about the contribution to the position papers of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions on the four consultation themes for the elaboration of a PES Manifesto for the 2009 European elections and in particular the 5th horizontal theme on THE GENDER DIMENSION OF THE PES MANIFESTO, please visit:
http://www.cor.europa.eu/Pesweb/pdf/manifesto_gender_EN.pdfAuthor : Letters to the EurActiv editor