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European Policy on gender balance in decision-making positions

Across the EU, women are underrepresented in decision-making positions, particularly in politics and business, even if the situation varies between EU countries. In Autumn 2015, women accounted for 29% of members of the single or lower houses of parliaments in the EU countries.

In business leadership the situation is particularly disappointing: in October 2015, women accounted for just 22.7% of board members of the largest publicly listed companies registered in the EU countries.

The causes for the underrepresentation of women in decision-making processes and positions are multiple, complex, and call for a comprehensive approach to tackle the problem. They stem from traditional gender roles and stereotypes, the lack of support for women and men to balance care responsibilities with work and the prevalent political and corporate cultures, to name just a few.


What is the European Commission doing?

The European Women on Board Network is

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