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Märta Stenevi took part in informal video conference on the EU’s post-pandemic recovery

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On 22 February, Minister for Gender Equality and Housing Märta Stenevi took part in an informal video conference between EU employment, social affairs and gender equality ministers. Ms Stenevi participated in a discussion on the link between gender equality and the EU’s post-pandemic recovery.

Ms Stenevi raised issues such as differences in the employment rate between women and men and how it has been affected by the pandemic. Women have been more severely impacted by the pandemic than men. There are also differences in the employment rate between foreign born women and women born in Sweden.

“When we plan the measures for the EU’s post-pandemic recovery, we must not only look at the differences between women and men, but also specifically at foreign born womenand their conditions for returning to work,” says Ms Stenevi.

The purpose of the informal video conference was to provide input to the European Commission’s action plan to implement the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. The European Pillar of Social Rights consists of 20 principles which, among other things, address gender equality and equal opportunities in the labour market, fair working conditions and social protection and inclusion. During the spring, Council conclusions are also expected on the pandemic’s impact on gender equality.