Public Consultation on Gender Imbalance on Corporate Boards

As set out in its Work Programme for 2012 , the European Commission is considering a legislative initiative to improve the gender balance in the boards of companies listed on stock exchanges.
On the basis of the Progress Report "Women in economic decision-making in the EU" presented by Vice-President Viviane Reding on 5 March 2012, the Commission is launching a public consultation of stakeholders on possible measures in this context.

This consultation will feed into an assessment of possible EU-level measures to enhance female participation in economic decision-making, which will inform the Commission's decision on whether to propose action and on the form it should take.
BPW Europe participated in this consultation and contributed this document.

Gender toolkit for SMEs and Human ressources managers  


The Toolkit is designed for trainers and advisors, human resource managers, and in general for all those who work to improve quality and competitiveness within SMEs. It offers information and practical guidance on how SMEs can reap the benefits of overcoming gender stereotypes on optimizing human resource management practices and tapping the full potential of all their employees, both women and men. It has been developed by the European Commission and is available in all EU official languages.


A treasure trove of information ! European Union Map

Engage the European Commission's local offices and information points in your clubs' and federations' activities.

These offices and information points exist in all EU countries.

They often have a website in the official language of your country. The officials can provide information material, but also be invited to speak regarding our issues: women in the workplace,  shared responsibilities between women and men, sustainable businesses, etc.

All  contact information is available in all EU official languages on the European Commission's webpages.

Women in Science and technology

What the Council of the European Union says

The Council of the European Union reiterated support to women in European science and technology in the conclusions of the Competitiveness Council, 26 May 2010. While acknowledging the work undertaken by the European Commission and the need to initiate a cultural and structural change in universities and research organisations, the Council highlights in particular the inclusion of gender issues in research as a resource to create new knowledge and stimulate innovation. The emphasis is put on the objective of improving the effectiveness and impact of research, and barriers to gender equality as
regards learning, employment and career progress in particular in the field of science and technology.


The European Union finds more about women's in decision-making positions.

Statistics from each member state regarding women in politics, public administration,the judiciary and other key areas are available in the European Commission's database.

This database is updated regularly.

A quarterly update of the political domain of the European Commission's database on women and men in decision-making has just been completed.  Data were collected between 26th April and 19th May 2010 and cover the results of national and regional elections that have taken place since early March 2010 and any recent changes in the composition of governments.

This information is very useful for all awareness campaigns regarding the needs for more women in decision-making positions.

The European Commission produces documents, posters and videos to campaign against the gender pay gap

You can find useful videos for your Equal Pay events here:

Most of them can be downloaded and save on a USB stick for reuse.


Short and fun - for another way of campaining: Super EVA !

European Commission adopts new strategy on gender equality

The Commission adopted in September 2010 a five-year strategy for promoting equality between women and men in Europe. The strategy aims in particular to make better use of women's potential, thereby contributing to the EU's overall economic and social goals.

For more information, please visit their website

The European Commission's roadmap for equality between women and men adopted in 2006 is of the utmost importance as it represent a commitment to gender equality and defines six priorities areas, all related to core issues of BPW work:

  • Equal economic independence for women and men,
  • Reconciliation of private and professional life,
  • Equal representation in decision-making,
  • Eradication of all forms of gender-related violence,
  • Elimination of gender stereotypes,
  • Promotion of gender equality in external and development policies

In 2009 a mid-term report about implementation of the Roadmap was published.

At the same time, a general consultation for future steps regarding equality between women and me was done by the European Commission between August and October 2015.

After an internal consultation process, BPW Europe has sent a position paper in answer to this consultation.

In September 2010, the European Commission has adopted a new strategy for Gender equality


European Commission website on gender equality

Roadmap for equality between women and men

2009 Mid-term Report about the Roadmap

BPW Europe's Position Paper

25 November 2009 - 10th International Day for the elimination of violence against women

In European, 12 to 15% of women face violence in their home and private relationships. BPW Europe support the engagement of the Council of Europe and of the European Union institutions to combat violence against women.

BPW Europe underlines that financial independance is necessary to give women opportunities to make choices and change their lives.

It is of the utmost importance that moral and sexual harassment in the workplace is also addressed when combatting violence against women in all its forms.


Information and statements by  the Council of Europe

DAW (Division for the advancement of Women) newsletter Words to Action

UN's Secretary General database on Violence against Women (this database include useful statistics provided by many member countries)