European Parliament President, Jerzy Buzek’s message for International’s Women’s Day

Jerzy Buzek: “The 8 March is not only about offering flowers. Today is about debating equal rights and equal opportunities.” “I personally strongly support, a tax system where the more children in a family the less tax there is to pay.”

European Parliament President, Jerzy Buzek in a special address for International Women’s Day, said:
“International Women’s Day exists so that we celebrate those who have the biggest, but sometimes, quietest influence in our lives.  Women, are, after all a majority in this world! The 8 March is not only about offering flowers.  Today is about debating equal rights and equal opportunities. I strongly support, for example a tax system where the more children in a family the less tax there is to pay. This is necessary from the point of view of European demography.

The European Parliament is actively involved in these debates, including passing legislation on equal opportunities and non-discrimination.  The Committee on Women’s Rights is an important committee in this House.

In a rapidly ageing Europe, women need to have equal access to take on jobs and to remain professionally active in all economic sectors.  To make it possible for all women to fulfil their professional ambitions and at the same time raise a family.  We need more and higher quality childcare services.  Equally, we need equal pay and equal treatment.

Violence against women is still so depressingly common in Europe.  At the end of the last year the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the elimination of violence against Women.  Violence against women is the violation of fundamental human rights.  A society which allows violence to exist becomes a brutal society, and is not the type of society we wish to live in.

A long journey starts with a small step, today, let us take that first step and develop this action plan on tackling violence against women.”

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