Having graduated from the Budapest University of Economic Sciences (now Corvinus University of Budapest), I started working in the business sector in 1988. Concurrently, I also enrolled in a PhD-programme and I completed my doctorate in 1991.
The ideas of equal opportunities and sustainable development have been a constant source of inspiration for my whole carrier. I have always tried to put these values into practice as well, first as an employee and later as a manager, and also in the civil sphere as a responsible and active citizen.
I soon realized that gender equality and justice are goals for which a politician can take actions most effectively. Being leftist, I joined in 1993 the Hungarian Socialist Party, of which I have been a member since then.
For me, left-wing ideology means life in society. That is why I threw myself with my usual enthusiasm into the organisation of the women's section of the Hungarian Socialist Party. I was its procurator from 1995 and in 2001 I was elected its president. I had the opportunity to perform the same duties as the president of the women's section of the Socialist International from 1988 to 2009, of the PES Women from 2003 and of the women's right secretary of the French Socialist Party from 2008.
Over the years, working and thinking together with my women collegues strengthened my belief that the eyes, the views and the cautiousness of women are necessary in politics. Gender equality is not only in the interests of women but the society as a whole.
Together with my female colleagues and politician friends, we have made every effort in recent years to empower women to make their voices heard both in Hungary and in Europe. In doing so, we were able to involve men several times, and we managed to achieve some impressive results. It is thanks to the women of the European left that during the 2006 Football World Cup the fight against human trafficking and prostitution were thrust into the limelight. Another achievement was that we prevented the Czech presidency from loosening the so-called Barcelona targets, aimed at extending nursery and kindergarten education.
Today - irrespective of gender - most of the legislation affecting our lives is adopted by the European Union. Accordingly, as a Member of Parliament in Hungary (2002-2004), I attached high importance to keeping abreast of the work of the European institutions. In 2003, it was with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I joined the Hungarian delegation of observers in the European Parliament. Since 2004, owing to the confidence of the Hungarian electorate, I have been working as a full Member of the European Parliament, now starting my second term.
In the 7th term of the EP, besides my duties as the member of the Committe on Women's Rights and Gender Equality and substitute member of the Committe on Transport and Tourism, I also serve as vice-chair of the Committe on Constitutional Affairs. This is a great honor, but also a huge responsibility. As a member dealing with constitutional affairs, I believe my duty is not limited to making every effort to foster a stronger, more efficient and democratic Union, but I also have to ensure that equality of opportunity is horizontally applied in the entire institutional framework of the Union.
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