In April 2014, the European Commission published its Report on Progress on equality between women and men in 2013.
The report states that ‘there has been progress in most areas, but achieved at an uneven pace. At this rate of change, it will take almost 30 years to reach the EU’s target of 75% of women in employment, over 70 years to make equal pay a reality, over 20 years to achieve parity in national parliaments (at least 40% of each gender), over 20 years to achieve gender balance on the boards of Europe’s biggest companies and almost 40 years to ensure that housework is equally shared. In other words, if nothing changes, many of us won’t live long enough to see equality between women and men achieved’.
More gender equality information and material is available on the European Commission Directorate-General for Justice website pages.