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EU citizens : more women in power in developing countries

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Friday, 08 March 2013

EU citizens : more women in power in developing countries

More than three quarters of Europeans think that having more women in positions of political power in developing countries would ‘make things better’, a new Eurobarometer published on the eve of International Women’s Day 2013.
Over nine in 10 EU respondents thought that gender equality improves the way societies function and that all aid programmes should take specific account of women’s rights. In fact, over three quarters of respondents said that getting more women into leading roles in developing countries would improve respect for human rights, with 72% saying it would also improve living conditions and 65% believing it would prevent conflict and war.
EU Commissioner for Development, Andris Piebalgs commented: “We put women at the heart of everything we do; making sure that our aid programmes take women into account in everything from education and healthcare, to agriculture and energy, so I am delighted to see that the majority of Europeans agree with this approach."
On International Women's Day, the European Commission presents a Eurobarometer survey with the views of European citizens on gender equality and the need to empower women in developing countries. Over 25,000 citizens of the 27 Member States were consulted for this survey.
Source: European Commission