European Union External Action

Mogherini pledges strong support to women around the world on International Women’s Day

08/03/2017 - 18:39

On International Women’s Day, High Representative Federica Mogherini today reiterated her strong support and that of the European Union for women across the world.

“Sixty years ago, equality between women and men was embedded in the Rome Treaty as one of the European Union's fundamental values,” Mogherini said in a joint statement with fellow Commissioners. “At that time, Europe's commitment to the principle of equal pay for equal work was unique in the world.  Since then, the EU has continued to lead and has made visible progress on all fronts. We work tirelessly to defend women's rights and empower them in the fight against discrimination and gender-based violence.” 

“Much more must be done both inside and outside of Europe. Women are often among the most vulnerable", she went on.

“However, women are often also the first ones to seek solutions, to look for resilience in times of challenge and those with a vision for the future of their countries", she underlined, " we will not stop fighting for gender equality, to keep women and girls safe, and to empower them to fully realise their potential. The European Union is committed, as it was 60 years ago, to ensuring equality for women around the world.”