Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM)
Gender equality is a fundamental human right and a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world.
Women are still not treated equally: varying pay gaps, female poverty, women’s underrepresentation in decision making, sexual and reproductive health rights, trafficking and violence against women and girls. How can these issues be addressed?
First of all, congratulations on making it into our committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality!
The question on women’s rights and gender equality has been an ever-present debate in the past two decades; one in particular that every western democracy, including the European Union, has been trying to reach. However, this pressing issue requires more than passing laws and legislation; it is rather about creating a culture of equality and opportunity.
You have a lot of work to do and little time, so it is important to do your research. You should be aware of the responsibilities that come with such a role. Many of you will be highly informed on the topic and some less so. Nevertheless, we stress the need for you all to read the compiled texts, regardless of your already existing level of information. Below is the bare minimum of research, so don’t let that limit your own research, more is always better in this case but do check your sources on their credibility.
You are some of the brightest young minds in Europe today, and I know you are all very busy people, but please do take the time to adequately research around the topic. We can only have a successful resolution if we all put effort and time in it! I also encourage you to not be afraid to speak up during the meetings, if everyone voices their opinion our debates will be a lot more diverse.
Mikey De Schepper (Bel) (CP) & Nolwenn Da Cruz (Fra) (Co-CP)
- European commission: National point of views
Individual explanation of the current situation for every Member State, as well as further streams of action.
This source includes the action plans of most of the EU states. It is easy to understand, and general if it comes to detailing the internal affairs.
- European commission: Current strategy
Strategy for equality between men and women by EC, adopted in September 2010. This is the previous strategy of the European Union, so also important to know.
It is very long so it’s best to search for the keypoints.
- European Commission: Gender Equality Index
This source provides you with the statistics on the current situation as well as on how much Europe has progressed.
- The 30% Club
It is an NGO, which believes that mandatory gender quotas are not the right solution, and that the path to gender equality should be voluntary, so that the society has to realize how to deal with the gender inequality.
Easy-to-understand opinions and strategies to find a solution, enables yout to see more ideas and perspectives on the topic, rather than just the ones of the European Union.
- Eurostat Statistics on the Gender Pay Gap
Data on the Gender Pay Gap put in charts and categorized by: work, age, economic activity, and some causes etc., with great details on each EU state.
- Forbes article on why are we even struggling with gender inequality
This article elaborates on the details that cover the absurdity of gender inequality.
An unbiased elaboration on why we are still struggling with this issue.
- Boston Globe article on the effect society has on gender inequality
This articles discusses which parts of society are affected by inequality.
A broader perspective on the possible cause-and-effect relationship between society and gender equality.
- A short story about the gender pay gap
This short video explains the beginning of gender inequality, from personal decisions to how other people’s decisions affect women.
Yet another factual representation of the roots of gender inequality
- Youtube channel of the European Institute for Gender Equality
I strongly recommend watching some video’s as these look at gender inequality with great criticism.