The European Commission adopted a Women’s Charter on 5 March 2010 and committed to strengthening gender equality in all its policies. To translate the Women’s Charter’s objectives into reality, the EC adopted an action plan for promoting equality between men and women –the Gender Equality Strategy.“The actions in the Strategy will help us address some of the remaining gender gaps.The gender gap in the employment rate was 12 percentage points in 2009. We will work to improve women’s participation in the labour market by facilitating the work-life balance, promoting female entrepreneurship,” declared  Viviane Reding, former Vice-President of the European Commission Justice,  in “Strategy for equality between women and men” 2010-2015.