The Greens/EFA group is the only group of MEPs to have a majority of women members, and a requirement for gender balance in all its senior positions. Jean has worked with EU-level NGOs, including Plan International, to ensure the EU celebrates International Year of the Girl, and has taken part in a number of events to mark International Women’s Day.
As a Green Member of The European Parliament Jean works to ensure that both genders have equal opportunities in all aspects of society.
Why is equal representation of women so important?
Firstly, I see it as an issue of the legitimacy of the institutions we have. People should see themselves represented in those institutions in order to feel some sense of connection with them and to have trust in them. Secondly, it demonstrates the openness of those institutions to a range of people, so that they do not seem to be blocks that exclude us. Thirdly, the fair representation of women also widens the base of experience on which those institutions can draw when they make decisions affecting our lives.
Jean Lambert MEP
Violence against women
Jean is a passionate voice on the scandalous continuation of violence against women, speaking at and attending many high profile events that raise awareness about the subject. She has heard from victims of attempted rape and has taken up the need to address the way that we treat the victims of these crimes. It is hoped that legislation will be amended to support basic standards for victims of crime against women.
Jean recently hosted an event at the European Parliament with two Islington-based community organisations and their Hungarian partner to discuss the need for greater investment in women’s services to combat domestic violence and what is being done to tackle the problem at a European level.
On the issue of violence against women, Jean was also the key speaker at the launch of a new training DVD, For Honour and Love, produced by the Kurdish and Middle Eastern Women’s Organisation, which explores issues surrounding so-called ‘honour-based’ violence.
Jean took part in the One Billion Rising campaign against gender-based violence in 2013 and 2014. Here she explains why:
Elevate has helped over 220 women from across London through training in management and leadership with the ultimate aim of promoting gender equality in the workplace. This led to the achievement of 100 units towards National Vocational qualifications units at Level 3 or 4. Support available also included one-to-one or group coaching.
The initiative was particularly successful in reaching out to women from ethnic minorities (69% of participants) and those working for the community and voluntary sector. Additionally, it also included 4 networking events on sustainable development which helped to raise awareness of green issues.
Jean has supported the organisation and spoke at the 2 year celebration.
“Elevate has provided an extremely valuable and positive project in really aiming to meet the needs of women in management. This has fulfilled a need in society and also looked at innovative practice including the environmental dimension, which in my view is essential to any well run organisation. The results and success of the project speaks volumes about women’s ability to lead in the work place. ”
Jean Lambert MEP
Global women make poverty history
Jean joined women from around the world to launch a conference in Greenwich to take a step closer to Making Poverty History. Organised as part of International Women’s Month, the event brought together women activists to mobilise and raise awareness of how poverty is created, its local and global impacts and how best it can be eradicated to enhance gender equality.
As a Green MEP Jean Lambert’s work throughout Europe has impacted on the progress made towards equality and gender empowerment.
“So many women here today who have made extraordinary efforts to Make Poverty History and we must celebrate the progress made so far. Together women involved on a local, national and international scale, all pushing for the eradication of poverty will make a difference.”
Jean Lambert MEP, speaking as she opened the conference
Women across London found true inspiration when the Capital Women conference 2006 took place with Jean encouraging women everywhere to use their power in the home, workplace and society to really make a difference to the future.
“London faces many environmental threats including air pollution, traffic congestion and food quality. Climate change however is the most dominant that we must address immediately. We need to ‘climate proof’ our policy and make sure we have a coherent approach. Women everywhere will be instrumental in changes that need to be made.”
Jean Lambert MEP
Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl shot by the Taliban for promoting girls’ education in the Swat Valley, won the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2013. Jean recorded a brief video for PlanEU explaining why she nominated Malala and why her victory matters: