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European Parliament FEMM Committee issues draft report on female poverty in the EU

[Brussels, 24 January 2011] The European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights & Gender Equality (FEMM Committee) has released its draft report on ’The Face of Female Poverty in the EU’.

79 million Europeans live below the poverty line and 17% of all women in the EU’s 27 countries are classed as living in poverty. The Motion for a European Parliament Resolution on the face of female poverty in the EU, drafted by MEP Rovana Plumb (S&D, RO) and discussed during the 29 November FEMM committee meeting, emphasises the importance of social dialogue and the role of civil society in tackling the problem. The draft report also calls for proper funding targeted to combat poverty and social exclusion in the EU, reminding the audience that this is one of the Commission’s five measurable targets proposed for EU 2020.

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