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EU directive to ensure women’s access to management positions in companies

Soraya Rodríguez applauds the new EU directive whereby at least 40% of board seats must be held by women.

Soraya Rodríguez, Ciudadanos’ MEP and spokesperson for Equality and Women’s Rights, has applauded the new European directive to ensure the presence of women in senior management positions in companies. This directive has been blocked for ten years in the Council, “which shows how difficult it is to make progress on equality”.

When the directive comes into force, at least 40 per cent of board seats will have to be held by women. Over the last decade, seven out of ten positions have been held by men and less than one in ten European companies had a female chairman or CEO.

“The majority of these positions are held by men, not because they are better, but because gender has been a criteria in the selection process. That is why today we are sending a message of hope to women in schools and universities: this directive guarantees a fair and transparent selection process, based on neutrality”, she said.

Soraya Rodríguez Ramos

Mujeres al frente es un espacio de reflexión dirigido por la política y abogada española Soraya Rodríguez Ramos. Desde 2019, es diputada del Parlamento Europeo en la delegación del partido Ciudadanos. Desde su escaño de eurodiputada, desarrolla un intenso trabajo como Portavoz de Derechos Humanos del grupo Renew Europe, así como por la defensa de la igualdad y derechos de las mujeres como titular de la Comisión de Igualdad, y miembro de la Comisión de Medio Ambiente, por su compromiso con el cuidado del planeta y la justicia climática.