An important step towards the development of the next EU Roadmap for equality between women and men has been made with the adoption of the Figueiredo’s report,
On 17 June 2010, an important step towards the development of the next EU Roadmap for equality between women and men has been made. The European Parliament has adopted the report drafted by rapporteur Ilda Figueiredo (GUE/NGL, Portugal).
The report assesses the results of the European Union’s 2006-2010 Roadmap for equality between women and men and provides some forward looking recommendations.
The report represents a valuable contribution to the discussions and work on the next strategy for equality between women and men. In particular, it calls for:
*the support and particular attention to the situation of women belonging to ethnic minorities, including female migrants
*the granting of adequate EU funding for the implementation of new strategy for equality between women and men
*the development of reliable, comparable gender-based statistics and quantitative and qualitative indicators to enable the monitoring of the implementation of gender mainstreaming in all policies.
The report also acknowledges the need for a wide-ranging survey to be conducted using a common methodology and involving all the EU countries to map the extent of the issue.
The combat of gender stereotypes and gender-based violence is also underlined as an important focus for the future strategy on equality between men and women.
Finally, Figueiredo’s report stresses the importance of pursuing of the dialogue with civil societies and the promotion of the dissemination and exchange of good practice with regard to gender equality policies by the Commission and the Member States.