80% of female MEPs suffered psychological violence

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80% of women MPs in the European Union member states say that they have suffered psychological violence.

This finding was presented during a gender equality conference in Helsinki Finland, attended by Newsbook.com.mt.

Jakub CAIS, statistical officer at the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) also presented a number of other key figures about gender issues in Europe:

  • Half of women in European countries have experienced sexual harassment
  • A third of women have experienced physical or sexual violence
  • One in five women has been harassed online
  • Women devote 13 more hours to work from home and be with their children compared with their husbands
  • 7.7 million women and around 500,000 men don’t work because of household responsibilities
  • 9 million women and around 600,000 men work part-time due to household responsibilities
  • The employment rate has increased, but the gender gap remained the same.
  • There is a high level of poverty among single mothers, immigrants and disabled women.
  • There is a real need for more beds to accommodate women in shelters.
  • Half of immigrant women are at risk of poverty
  • Half of female immigrants do not work
  • One in five young women immigrants do not attend school or work.

For her part, Virginija Langbakk, the Director of the EIGE stressed that the tools are there, it’s a case of acting.

Gender equality helps everyone

The conference was also addressed by the Finnish Minister for Equality Thomas Blomqvist, who stressed that gender equality is not only valuable but helps everyone. He added that the strengthening of equality policy in the EU is one of the Finnish Presidency priorities for the European Union.

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‘Equality is not window dressing’

The Director-General of the Directorate for Justice and Consumer Protection within the European Commission, Tiina Astola, explained that this is the first time that the Commission has a portfolio dedicated to equality.

While referring to the Commissioner Designate Helena Dalli, Astola said that equality was, ‘not a cosmetic window dressing but rather aimed to put women at the centre of decision making.’

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