This week Schulz kicked off the spring forward for women conference, which aims to bring about ideas for encouraging political representation of women, with particular focus on women in Arab countries.
The conference comes as world leaders gear up for the 59th session of the commission on the status of women, due to take place next March at the UN headquarters in New York. At this meeting, heads of states will discuss the progress that has been made 20 years after the implementation of the Beijing platform for action - an agenda for the empowerment of women.
Schulz said that the conference was "a good example of how parliamentarians can exchange ideas and examples of best practices". He told the audience that "women's representation […] in the European parliament has constantly increased since the first direct election in 1979".
However, currently only 35 per cent of MEPs are women, and Schulz conceded this "is not equality".
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