European Union remains committed to supporting women’s economic empowerment

Today, Commissioner Mimica, in charge of International Cooperation and Development, is in New York, where he attends the United Nations’ Commission on the Status of Women, dedicated this year to the economic empowerment of women in the changing world of work. Gender equality and women’s empowerment are a key priority for the European Union. Commissioner Mimica spoke at a number of ministerial and other high-level events, such as on “Women and the future of work – delivering decent employment and access to the labour market”. At this occasion, the Commissioner stressed: “Fighting for women’s rights and empowerment is not just our moral, social or legal obligation. It is also a precondition for Sustainable Development and for tackling other challenges, including poverty, inequality, food security, health and education. In 2015 alone, the EU allocated around 188 million EUR specifically for activities to promote gender equality. And by mainstreaming gender equality throughout all of our actions, in reality we invest closer to 2.5 billion EUR on women’s empowerment. In practical terms, this means providing both financial and non-financial support, including credit, insurance, technology, training, energy, health services –  as well as improving business and policy environmentsAnd working in partnership – with governments, civil society, social partners and entrepreneurs, and international organisations.”