On Thursday 2nd, in regards to a debate on equal pay, Polish MEP Janusz Korwin-Mikke claimed that ‘women must earn less than men. They are weaker, they are smaller, they are less intelligent, they must earn less’, shocking members in parliament and others globally.
Of course, his statement was met with criticism from many, including Garcia Perez, (MEP from Spain) who retorted ‘I know it hurts and worries you that today women can sit in this house and represent European citizens with the same rights as you…I am here to defend all European women from men like you.’
Although it is evident that there are those who still hold such views, it was nevertheless surprising to hear this from a figure of public office, especially in a field that is increasingly promoting women in the workforce. It may be worth
Garcia Perez was justified in her response. But the concern here is, in this day and age, why do women still need to defend themselves over demeaning and enraging statements that shouldn’t even be thought of from the average person, let alone an elected professional? Must we still fight and prove ourselves? Have we not come far enough?
by Zeireen Fuzurally
Photograph: Patrick Seeger/EPA