Anneliese voted for a EU gender equality strategy, addressing issues like the pay gap, under-representation, discrimination, violence and sexual health.
Labour MEPs have consistently called for greater action on violence against women and girls, and have demanded a new framework directive to end the shocking statistic that one in three women in the EU has experienced physical or sexual violence.
Labour MEPs backed the important report but Conservative and UKIP MEPs voted against – including refusing to recognise that same-sex couples can provide a loving and supportive home for children in the same way that straight couples can.
Anneliese said: “I’m very disappointed that Conservative and UKIP MEPs refused to join with Labour MEPs in voting for measures to improve equality for women and LGBTI people. As a member of the European Parliament’s Intergroup on LGBTI rights, I know that there are still many barriers that must be overcome before we can have true equality for LGBTI people, so it appals me that Tory and UKIP MEPs would not vote to help break down these barriers.”