"Europe should provide the secure environment for all women to realize their own ideas in life, without hindrances and barriers to attain their goals as they see them."
"Equal opportunities for men and women are in the first place a matter of fairness. It is unacceptable that someone's chances in life depend on his or her gender. But there is also a pragmatic argument: if we do not give equal opportunities to women, we spoil half of the available talents. Our society can simply not afford that."