The Brief – Gender-washing at the Commission?

Euractiv | Dec 6, 2019 at 5:19 PM
  • After having failed to have a gender-balanced Commission, the first female Commission President Ursula von der Leyen recently announced that she had achieved gender parity in all the cabinets at administrative level.
  • The picture becomes even more concerning at the bottom of the list, with a staggering 91%, 119 out of 131, of secretaries in each Commissioner’s office being female, perpetuating long-standing gender stereotypes of men holding the positions of power, while women are relegated to administrative and scheduling roles.
  • The von der Leyen Commission failed at one of its central pledges in week 1 and that doesn’t bode well for the future.