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Anne Brasseur: ‘Sharing responsibilities to achieve de facto equality’

Strasbourg, 07.03.2014 – “Although great strides have been made in Europe with gender equality, our challenge today is to achieve de facto equality. And to do this, it is up to all of us to strive for the sharing of responsibilities and for equal participation by both sexes in all spheres of public and private life,” Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), declared on the eve of International Women's Day.

“I am only the second woman to have been elected to the office of President of our Assembly in its 65 years of existence, but I am convinced that this imbalance will be redressed in the years ahead. Through its resolutions and recommendations, our Assembly influences decision-making in the member states, but it is not enough to draft and enact laws.

Lack of equity in the division of parental responsibilities is what subsequently leads to inequalities. At a time when economic crisis threatens the balance of many personal and professional lives, we must redouble our efforts to consolidate the advances achieved and move forward in equally sharing tasks and responsibilities, wages, status and working conditions…

Combating stereotypes and acting to promote equality is in our hands: it is up to each of us to work at this on our own level when we open the door of a debating chamber, a business, a school and above all a home,” said Ms Brasseur.