Time for action – sign up for a Gender Balanced Commission!
The Treaty of Lisbon has been ratified and now we are all waiting for the Summit on 19 November, where an agreement is to be reached on a permanent President of the European Council, a High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, and a Secretary-General for the Council Secretariat. After that the nominees for the new Commission will be put forward and hearings will start in the European Parliament.
It is in that context that I, together with Jon Worth, came up with the idea of putting forward a completely female Commission – 26 female candidates (and Barroso). We believe that in order to achieve gender equality we have to start promoting women of flesh and blood. It is too easy to get stuck in discussions about quotas and numbers. But what we need is faces! So have a look for yourself, at www.genderbalancedcommission.eu.