The European Strategy for equality between women and men for the period 2010-2015 was adopted in September 2010 and first raised the prospect of targeted initiatives to address the under-representation of women in decision-making positions. The Strategy of the European Commission lists actions to be implemented between 2010 and 2015, priorities are:
• equal economic independence for women and men;
• equal pay for work of equal value;
• equality in decision-making;
The mid-term review of the Gender Equality Strategy, published on 14 October 2013, found that, half-way through the strategy’s five-year time scale, the European Commission is delivering on its commitments (MEMO/13/882).
In fact, since 2010, the share of women on boards has risen by 4.8 pp at an average rate of 1.9 pp/year, almost four times the rate of progress from 2003 to 2010 (0.5 pp/year).
This acceleration has been further fuelled by the women on boards proposal adopted by the European Commission on 14 November 2012 (IP/12/1205 and MEMO/12/860), which set a 40% objective for women on boards based on qualification. Recent developments also reflect the impact of EU-wide discussions about the need for a targeted intervention to raise the number of women on boards.
This is excellent news that supports all the efforts of women who contributed to the public debate.
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