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EU gender strategy will struggle to close rising gaps

Monday, July 12, 2021


Her Commission is making a concerted push to advance gender equality. To that end, it has brought forward an integral element of its 2020 Gender Equality Strategy (GES): a draft directive on equal pay and pay transparency.


  • Women’s unemployment will be hard to reduce since sectors such as hospitality and tourism will take years to recover.
  • Post-pandemic fiscal austerity would cloud women’s economic prospects if cuts affect child and social care spending.
  • Flexible working would facilitate women’s return to full-time or part-time work.

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