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Poverty has a female face: Counting the cost of the crisis

(Brussels, 15 March 2013) This week in Strasbourg several debates revealed the depths of the crisis and the disproportionate effects that the cuts and changes have wrought upon the women of Europe. “Women are facing a silent crisis which worsens and weakens their condition. Before the economic crisis unemployment, precarious work, part-time work, low salaries and slow career paths already affected women more then men. Today, with the effects of austerity policies, they are suffering a double punishment,” said rapporteur Elisabeth Morin-Chartier (EPP, FR) in Monday’s debate marking International Women’s Day.

The resolution on the impact of the crisis on gender equality and women’s rights was passed by 495 votes to 96, with 69 abstentions. The text of the resolution is available here: http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?type=REPORT&reference=A7-2013-0048&language=EN
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