Women are at the forefront of social justice, and social justice cannot happen without women’s rights. From the suffragette movements in the 18th and 19th Century to the mass entry of women
into the formal workplace in the post-war period and beyond, figures such as Simone de Beauvoir and Rosa Luxemburg stood at the forefront of movements that demanded equality before the law, without discrimination based on nationality, social class, ethnicity, disability, sexuality – or gender.

These struggles have been ongoing for centuries worldwide. On the streets of Europe, feminist movements have been demonstrating, organising, and acting for women’s rights, and Left MEPs have brought these voices to the European Parliament. We have been fighting for stronger legislation on equal pay, gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive healthcare and rights. And we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon.