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Older women: Parliament calls for positive discrimination
EU Member States should take positive discrimination measures to improve the lives of older women, including paid leave for carers, says Parliament in a resolution voted on Tuesday.
Member States should also run campaigns to raise awareness of the fundamental role older people play in society, it adds.
Women live longer than men, and face a greater risk of ending up in poverty, note MEPs, who say innovative policies should be devised, say MEPs, to support "informal carers" (most of whom are women) with benefits and social security rights.
Governments should also ensure that workers whose income is temporarily lower owing to their caring duties can continue acquiring pension rights, add MEPs.
Basic services for everyone
- more coherent social security measures, including pension schemes, care leave and part-time working arrangements,
"Ageing is very often seen in a society as a burden. However, ageing also enriches society: ageing people take care of our children, they have silent knowledge in workplaces and in society, and also ageing population is very important as consumers", said rapporteur Sirpa Pietikänen (EPP, Finland).
The Pietikänen report was approved with 562 votes in favour, 78 against and 29 abstentions.
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