European Commission Publishes Progress Report on Gender Equality in 2011

The report shows that women employment rate is 62.1%, compared to 75.1% for men, meaning the EU

can only reach the overall Europe 2020 target rate of 75% employment with a

strong commitment to gender equality.

The gender pay gap has narrowed

slightly across the EU. On average, women earn 16.4% less than men for every

hour worked.

Finally, to fight gender-based violence

the Commission proposed a package of measures to strengthen the rights of crime

victims. This included a series of measures specifically aimed at helping women

who fall victim to domestic violence.