Friday, January 8, 2016

Suggetions of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality

The Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality calls on the Committee on Regional Development, as the committee responsible, to incorporate the following suggestions into its motion for a resolution: 

A. whereas ‘marginalised communities’ refers to diverse groups and individuals; whereas racism, patriarchy, economic disadvantages and other discriminatory systems contribute to creating layers of inequality and a dynamic of disempowerment for women within marginalised communities; 

B. whereas the consequences of the economic crisis and the cutbacks in public services have particularly worsened the situation of women within marginalised communities; 

1. Points out that these women face multiple discrimination, putting them at even greater risk of poverty and social exclusion; 

2. Calls for a gender perspective to be incorporated into funding arrangements; believes that gender impact assessments and gender budgeting are useful in evaluating the impact on women of funding priorities, the allocation of financial resources and specifications for funding programmes; emphasises the need for gender-disaggregated data to be systematically collected and regularly analysed; 

3. Considers it essential to include women and women’s organisations from marginalised communities in the decision-making process on the allocation, use and implementation of the funds; 

4. Stresses that all European funding opportunities for supporting marginalised communities and women should be used in an integrated way to increase synergies and complementarities between the Structural Funds and the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme; the administrations and authorities concerned at all levels should seek active cooperation among themselves; 

5. Calls for an exchange of good practices and networking amongst women in marginalised communities, while promoting women in leadership positions within these communities; 

6. Urges the use of the funds to facilitate access for women in marginalised communities to education, housing, health care, employment, childcare facilities and social services.

Suggetions of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality for the Committee on Regional Development on cohesion policy and marginalised communities

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