#InternationalWomenDay European Parliament staff went on strike, protesting against inequality in the European parliament. In 60 years only two women reached the positions of speaker, however they both were elected last millennium.
at the European Parliament main entrance at Simone Veil Agora: “We demand that women no longer have to bear the consequences of policies that don’t respect us”. The organisers of the event are the only gender-balanced group in the European Parliament. “We stand up for workers, environment, feminism, peace & human rights. Another Europe is possible!” says the European United Left/Nordic Green Left group, on its Twitter micro blog page.
“I would like to pay homage in my name, as well as in the European Parliament’s, to Simone Veil, the chamber’s first president to be elected by universal suffrage in 1979. Her presidency has had a long-lasting impact on our institution’s history, – European Parliament President, Antonio Tajani, on the passing of Simone Veil.
“A Holocaust survivor, Simon Veil made the fight against anti-Semitism one of her life-long battles. Firmly committed to ethical, democratic and European values, she was also an ardent defender of women’s rights.”
“Simon Veil was Europe’s consciousness and it is our duty to continue to cultivate her inspiring example. In my name and in the European Parliament’s, I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to the family of Simone Veil.”