MEPs reflect on the gender pension gap and how to close it

The research project ‘Mind the Gap in Pensions in Europe’ (MIGAPE) presented its results in an online meeting with Members of the European Parliament on 28 June 2021. The project highlighted for the first time possible projections of the gap between men’s and women’s pensions over the longer term in different EU countries. The Gender Pension Gap stands at 27% currently in the EU.

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Work-life balance: AGE supports the adoption in Open Letter

AGE has co-signed an open letter to the Council of Ministers for Employment, Social Affairs, Health and Consumers (the EPSCO Council), to support the adoption of the directive on work-life balance for parents and carers. The directive will introduce major improvements for carers, such as a right to request carers’ leave of five days per year and workers and the right to request flexible working arrangements. Also, the directives encourages men to take up more family leaves throught the introduction of 10 days of paid paternity leave and the remuneration of two months of parental leave per parent, which will not be transferrable between parents. Two additional months per parent do not have minimum standards for remuneration.

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A feminist Europe – including older women!

The European Women’s Lobby (EWL) have published their own electoral manifesto in December 2018. Under the title ‘a new kind of leadership for the 21st century’, EWL is calling to get serious on gender equality in the next term. Many references link to issues experienced by older women and men.

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