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The Fight for Gender Equality Must Continue, says EI on the occasion of International Women's Day

published 5 March 2007 updated 5 March 2007

On the occasion of International Women's Day, Education International reminds its member organisations that the fight for gender equality must continue, especially when there is still a huge gap in pay parity and working conditions between men and women in many parts of the world.

Representing over 30 million education workers worldwide, EI will be marking International Women's Day with various activities.

In New York, the EI delegation will join the International Women's Day observance organised in connection with the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

In Brussels, EI representatives will participate in a high-level EU seminar on "Women in decision-making positions - sharing experiences and good practice" to be held on 6 March. The event was organised by the European Commission Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities and will be attended by various women European Commissioners.

On 8 March, EI will attend the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome and the Year of Equal Opportunities for All, organised by the European Parliament. The event includes a seminar entitled "1957-2007: the European Union and the advancement of women. Women building the Future of Europe", organised by the EU Committee on Women's rights and Gender Equality, to highlight the achievements of the European Union in the area of women's rights and gender equality over the past 50 years.

On that day, EI will also support Amnesty International in the latter's activities organised as part of its Campaign on Violence Against Women.

In the EI headoffice in Brussels, after singing the song "Bread and Roses", members of the staff will participate in an event to praise the contribution of women to the trade union movement, jointly organised by EI and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).