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Socialist International Women (SIW) is currently hosting its council in Mexico City . Women from 32 countries gathered to discuss on 'Declaration and Platform for action Beijing + 20' and looking at the concrete stepts that have been taken to improve the position of women since the UN Beijing Womens Conference held in 1995. 
In parliamentary elections in Hungary this weekend, Prime Minister Victor Orbán's ruling Fidesz party has been returned to power with a large majority, although the final results are yet to be confirmed.  
On 5 February the European Parliament held a plenary debate on the progress report on the Western Balkan countries. In her speech, Hungarian MEP Zita Gurmai urged the government of Bosnia and Herzegovina for enhancing the protection of victims of violence. According to Ms Gurmai, a strong political will and sufficient financial resources are indispensable for achieving the desired results.
As another 1st of December comes and goes we need to stop and look at what our efforts are achieving and ask ourselves if we are on the right path to eliminating HIV/AIDS. Sadly we don’t seem to be succeeding, indeed, because of political indecision and the blanket implementation of austerity for the sake of austerity, we are starting to go backwards. As a progressive political family, we cannot allow this to happen. 
hirkep The European Parliament (EP) hosted the 2013 annual summit of the Women in Parliaments Global Forum (WIP), which took place between 27 and 29 November in Brussels. The high-profile international event brought together more than 550 female politicians representing almost 100 countries of the world. Hungarian Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Zita Gurmai also participated in the event and hosted several meetings of the forum. 
For International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (VAW) on 25 November 2013, PES Women President Zita Gurmai recalls that it is crucial to prioritise the fight against VAW in view of the upcoming European elections.  
hirkep "The next European Commission must have a clear vision and a resolute agenda supporting gender equality and fighting against negative discrimination of any sort to guarantee a more equal Europe" - said dr. Zita Gurmai MEP at the meeting of the LMBT-network of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats (S&D) group in Brussels.  
hirkep On Saturday at the seminar of the French Socialist Party in Brussels, in the presence of - along with other MEPs and representatives of EU institutions - Joaquín Almunia European Commissioner, dr. Zita Gurmai was discussing the challenges of the 2014 EU elections, certain proposals aiming to facilitate the life of EU citizens, and the preparation for the upcoming campaign period.  
Companies listed on stock exchanges in the Member States of the European Union will be obliged to have at least 40 percent women as non-executive directors by 2020, according to a report to be voted on during the November plenary session of the European Parliament. In the debate on Tuesday, Hungarian MEP Zita Gurmai said that the proposed legislation can contribute to breaking the glass ceiling that women have been facing for so long. 
hirkep The Secretaries-General of the member parties of the Party of European Socialists (PES) met in Warsaw, Poland to discuss the preparation for next year’s European elections. President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz, who was recently confirmed as the common candidate of the European socialist and social democratic parties for the President of European Commission, also participated in the event. In her speech, Hungarian MEP and PES Women President Zita Gurmai outlined the key challenges of the election campaign and the upcoming legislative term. 
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