Equal access for citizens to all spheres of public life is one of the essential pillars of democratic society. All people must have equal access to education, the labour market, social services and housing. Experience shows that although equal opportunities largely exist on paper, they are often not implemented in practice. Much stronger legislative efforts are needed here. For example, women still suffer considerable disadvantages in training and work, especially in promotion and pay.
We therefore call for binding quotas for women in public administration and the private sector in all Member States. Single mothers must also be given special support and encouragement, as they and their children are most at risk of poverty. The inclusion of people with disabilities in all public sectors must be further improved. Citizens with a migrant background must be effectively protected from disadvantages in finding work and housing. Early childhood support for children with a migrant background is an essential factor in ensuring a level playing field in school education.