Zita Gurmai

“Your future is my future”: tackling youth unemployment to bridge gender pay gap


Today, on 2 March 2012 we “celebrate” the European Equal Pay Day (EEPD). This day is an opportunity to recall that gender pay gap is still 17% in the European Union today. Even if the principle of equal pay for equal work was enshrined in the Treaty of Rome in 1957, the reality is altogether different. My message today for European Equal Pay Day is to raise awareness and to mark the countdown to International Women’s Day on 8 March (see below for list of events).

Your future is my future: the role of women in the green economy


On 27 February the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM Committee) organised a public hearing on the role of women in the green economy.

Until when will women in the EU have to work 6 days-a-week to earn the same as men?

The 2nd March marks the European Equal Pay Day. This day recalls that the gender pay gap in the EU is alive and well.

Statistically, to earn the same as a man did in 2011, each woman must keep on working until 2nd March the next year.

PES has long campaigned to end the gender pay gap. PES Women have succeeded in keeping this key issue high on the agenda by helping establishing a European-wide Equal Pay Day.

Zita Gurmai
Former Hungarian MEP, in the S&D Group, President of PES Women, WIP founding member. RT is not endorsement.