On the 13 of March the European Parliament votes in favour of the annual report of the European Parliament on the state of gender equality in the EU for 2011. The Rapporteur of the rapport is Dutch MEP Sophie In’t Veld, who is the chair of the European Parliamentary Working Group on European Parliament Working Group on Reproductive Health HIV/AIDS and Development.
Every year the European Commission produces a progress report on the state of gender equality in the EU to which the European Parliament gives its opinion in the form of an annual, strategic own initiative report. The report touches upon many different topics like equal pay, sexual violence etc. and we are happy to see the European Parliament took a clear stance in favour of access to family planning. The report:
expresses concern in this respect about recent funding cuts to family planning and sexual education and also restrictions on access to sexual and reproductive health services in some Member States
Notes that this year the world population has reached 7 billion; expresses its conviction that family planning should be at the top of the political agenda;
You can find the full report here