Committee spells out ways to promote gender equality in the economy

PACE’s Equality Committee has set out a wealth of measures Council of Europe member States should take to promote women's empowerment in the economy, whether as employees, managers or entrepreneurs.

In a draft resolution approved today, based on a report by Elena Centemero (Italy, EPP/CD), the committee called for, among other things, transparency over salaries, certification schemes showing which companies enforce non-discrimination policies, and gender quotas in management boards.

Better work-life balance should be achieved through flexible working arrangements, attractive parental leave and affordable childcare.

Incentives for women to return to work after maternity, special credit lines for women entrepreneurs, and mentoring and coaching schemes among businesswomen are also recommended.

Finally, it is crucial to encourage women and girls to choose education and jobs in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

The Assembly is due to debate the subject at its forthcoming plenary session (25-29 June 2018).