Written Question: Women and the world of work

(Source: European Parliament)

Date submitted: 8 June 2021

Question for written answer E-003005/2021
to the Commission
Rule 138
Sandra Pereira (The Left)

Subject: Women and the world of work

The international seminar ‘Women and the World of Work in Portugal and Europe’ (28/05/2021, Loures), organised by the Democratic Women’s Movement in collaboration with the International Democratic Federation of Women, discussed not only the working conditions of women farmers, architects, teachers, researchers, nurses, cultural and service workers, but also the living conditions of retired women.

The reality of women in the labour context was widely analysed: low wages, wage discrimination which has repercussions socially and in terms of their welfare with respect to their pensions, postponement of motherhood, difficulties in looking after children, deregulation of working hours, impossibility of a work-life balance, inter alia. This situation leads to continued discrimination and means that the necessary conditions are not in place for them to be able to participate equally in society.

  1. What measures can be coordinated together with the Member States in order to eradicate precariousness, which affects all areas of employment, and to eliminate wage discrimination between women and men by increasing women’s salaries?
  2. What support can the Commission offer the Member States to promote the creation of a public network of high-quality facilities and services for children, the elderly and people with disabilities, thereby taking the burden of family support off women’s shoulders?
  3. How can we promote the study of the situation of women farmers and women in rural areas in the Member States and provide the response needed to improve their status?
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