March 7 2014
International Women's Day, March 8, celebrates women's rights and world peace. It arose from the early 20th century women's labour movements demanding equal economic and political rights. Over the years the anniversary has assumed a new global dimension for women in developed and developing countries focusing on aspects related to violence against women, access to education and poverty eradication. With the United Nations 2014 International Women's Day theme being “Equality for Women is Progress for All”, it is a time to reflect on progress made, raise awareness of the struggles that women and men still face and consider how best these challenges could be addressed.
Some of RAND Europe's recent studies on Europe's Societal Challenges and on reconciliation of work and private life may shed some light on the current state of gender equality in the EU. We found that despite progress made, gender inequalities remain and women — particularly mothers — are often in disadvantaged positions in comparison with men.