To achieve quicker de facto gender equality, Commission and Member States should adopt and implement specific gender equality policies, Parliament said in a resolution adopted on Thursday, 25 February. Improving the sexual and reproductive health and rights of women also belongs to the women’s right agenda, including enabling fathers to share family responsibilities by taking paternity leave, MEPs said.
Efforts must be made to strengthen sexual and reproductive health and rights in Europe and globally, as an integral part of the women’s rights agenda, according to the resolution.
MEPs stress that abortion should not be promoted as a method of family planning and that women who have had recourse to abortion should receive humane treatment and counselling.
It is crucial to involve men and boys actively in programmes to promote gender equality, believes Parliament. Men should be offered realistic opportunities to share family responsibilities with women on an equal footing, especially with paternity leave.
The resolution on Beijing +15 – UN Platform for Action for Gender Equality, drafted by Eva-Britt Svensson (GUE/NGL, SE), was adopted by a show of hands. This resolution – based on oral questions to Council and Commission – assesses the targets set at the Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995.