Today, on the occasion of the International Women's Day, the European Parliament highlighted the importance of Education for women and girls. The meeting had three main topics, the importance of eliminating gender disparity in education and training, challenges for equal access to continuous and quality education and moving towards the empowerment of women and girls through education in the European Union. The speakers from all over Europe emphasised, among other topics, Lifelong Learning for older women and the importance of an inclusive educations system, which sensitises students and pupils for equal opportunities in all areas.

Calling for full transparency, the European Parliament's (EP) rapporteur on the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations has made it clear that public services, including education, are not for sale and must be taken off the table. As discussions focused on TiSA intensify, rapporteur Viviane Reding has stressed that any agreement should follow a less is more approach. She is suggesting a small, but strong TiSA, rather than including all issues under one umbrella; the latter she says will water down the trade pact.

Today, on 3 March 2015, high-level policy makers are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers at a European Commission conference entitled A decade of fostering attractive research careers. ETUCE, the European Region of Education International, the global union of educational employees, including researchers in the public and private sectors, has been supporting the main goals of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

With the help of financial solidarity support, educators in Ukraine once again have a home for their trade union and something to celebrate amidst the ongoing conflict that has divided the country. After their trade union offices in Kiev were burned to the ground a year ago during violent clashes between demonstrators and police, several hundred members of the Trade Union of Education and Science Workers (STESU) of Ukraine were left out in the cold with few options.

The Report of the European Commission, a new method to understand Occupational Gender Segregation in European Labour Markets, highlights the influence of the occupational character on gender segregation. Not only the number of women or men working in an occupation, but also whether it is a blue-collar or white-collar occupation, decides about "working conditions, the hours of work, the risks and hazards and the pay". These indicators influence "at least in part, [...] the occupations itself."

On the occasion of International Women's Day, the European Union highlights this year the importance of education for women's empowerment. Women struggle with poverty and with poor working conditions, for example the gender pay gap and difficulties in reaching decision-making positions. To tackle these problems the European Parliament invites you to the committee meeting, celebrating the International Women's Day.