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european parliament wrc elects man

ICJW and the European Women’s Lobby have welcomed the election of the first man to chair the European Parliament’s Women’s Rights Committee.

Swedish MEP Mikael Gustafsson (GUE/NGL) was elected as the Chair of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) Committee of the European Parliament. He takes over from Ms. Eva-Britt Svensson, with whom he ran for election in 2009 on a shared platform calling for a strengthened gender equality perspective in European politics and decision-making. Gustafsson has declared his commitment to continuing the crucial work of Svensson in such key areas as countering violence against women, increasing women’s economic independence and influence in decision-making.

This has been welcomed by the European Women's Lobby, at which ICJW is represented. Elaine Sperling and Liliane Seidman said: "The European Lobby's position is that women's rights, gender equality and all these issues are not just concerns for women, but for both men and women. In fact, these are issues of prime importance for our entire society. Real progress along these lines will only be made when men are also involved as full participants in the struggle for complete  gender equality."