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Decent pensions for women

Recommendation 1932 (2010)

Parliamentary Assembly
Assembly debate on 25 June 2010 (27th Sitting) (see Doc. 12274, report of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men, rapporteur: Mrs Čurdová; and Doc. 12307, opinion of the Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee, rapporteur: Mr Marquet). Text adopted by the Assembly on 25 June 2010 (27th Sitting).
1. Referring to its Resolution 1752 (2010) on decent pensions for women and to the principle of equality between women and men in the implementation of social policies, the Parliamentary Assembly reiterates its commitment to eliminating the inequalities and discrimination suffered by women in both their private and their working lives, and welcomes the fact that the Committee of Ministers is working to this end.
2. The Assembly asks the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to instruct its competent committee to:
2.1 compile detailed gender-disaggregated data on old people’s pensions and income, analyse the problem of the income gap between elderly women and men and propose appropriate solutions;
2.2 assess the positive and negative effects of radical reforms of pension systems on women’s pensions, such as the conversion of public pension schemes into systems based on private savings.
3. It calls on the Committee of Ministers to raise awareness in the member states of issues relating to the viability of national pension systems and the gap between women’s and men’s pensions, both at political level and at the level of civil society.