As the US vice president said, nations will be “stronger, more prosperous and more secure in this case.”
US Vice President Kamala Harris has called on Western countries to build a “world that works for women.”
“If we build a world that works for women, our nations will be stronger, more prosperous, and more secure. On this International Women’s Day, let us be resolute and united to achieve this goal,” she said on Monday in a special video message to members of the European Parliament at the opening of its session.
“Now we have to answer the question of how we can build a world that works for women. We must guarantee the safety of women at home and in any other place. Women should have access to high-quality health care, and the special medical needs of women should be met. We need to treat women with dignity at work and create the necessary structures to simultaneously take care of her family and be a great workforce. We must also give women an equal voice in decision-making systems,” the US vice president explained.
Harris assured that the implementation of these goals is one of the priorities of the administration of the President of the United States, Joe Biden.
In turn, the head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, speaking at the same meeting of the EP, noted that now the wage gap between men and women in the EU countries is 40% and that women in Europe “should work twice as much for the same salary.” She noted that 67% of able-bodied women are currently employed in the EU countries, compared to 77% of able-bodied men. Von der Leyen stressed that the European Commission intends to correct this inequality and increase working women’s number to 78% by 2030.
Harris and von der Leyen did not congratulate anyone in their speeches. Still, they called for rallying the ranks to fight for women’s rights, including equal working conditions and equal salaries with men.