About: gender equality

Economy & Jobs 27-04-2017

W20 Summit champions women’s interests ahead of G20

At the Women20 Summit in Berlin, female leaders from around the world discussed how to promote economic empowerment of women on the agenda of a still male-dominated G20 leadership. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Economy & Jobs 25-04-2017

Commission to propose ten-day paternity leave

The European Commission will tomorrow propose the first EU-level legal law guaranteeing paternity leave lasting at least ten working days. The legal change, which also includes measures on parental leave on time off for people caring for sick dependents, comes as the Commission presents a 20-point list of EU social rights.

Agrifood 14-03-2017

Report: ‘Multifunctional’ women could save EU rural areas

Women can help revive declining rural areas in the EU and prevent further urbanisation, say MEPs in a new report.

Economy & Jobs 10-03-2017

Sweden pushes gender equality onto Rome agenda

As EU leaders parsed through divisive issues like migration and European integration in discussions on the future of Europe today (10 March), Sweden's prime minister threw another controversial matter into the mix: employment policy.

08-03-2017

Brussels, where are all the women experts?

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, women are still noticeably lacking from expert panels. One project, The Brussels Binder, seeks to level the playing field, writes Virginia Marantidou.

Health 03-03-2017

She Decides movement builds momentum as donations flood in

The Dutch Ministry for Development has launched a global movement to counter Donald Trump’s decision to slash funding for healthcare and family planning services in developing countries. EURACTIV France reports.

Freedom of thought 24-02-2017

Malta minister says politicians must ‘help shape public opinion’ on LGBTI rights

Malta’s minister for civil liberties has kicked off a conference on LGBTI rights across the EU with a call for politicians to swim against the tide by “helping shape public opinion, not to be led by it".

Tackling violence against women: A priority for the EU

One in three women in Europe has experienced gender-based violence in her lifetime. 75% of female professionals or managers have experienced sexual harassment. And one in ten women has experienced harassment or stalking online. Violence against women is still very common in Europe, write Věra Jourová and Helena Dalli.

Elections 13-01-2017

ECR candidate: EU needs dynamic debate and to officially recognise sign language

Belgian MEP Helga Stevens, who is the ECR group's pick for the European Parliament presidency race and who is also the first female MEP to identify herself as being deaf, told EURACTIV Spain that she wants to be “the institution's voice”.

Future EU 02-12-2016

Vestager: Men have had informal quotas for hundreds of years

Margrethe Vestager won the “European woman of power” award last night (1 December). She told EURACTIV.com in an interview that she supports gender quotas in the public institutions. She also said Günther Oettinger was the wrong Commissioner on the wrong plane.

Elections 28-11-2016

Sylvie Goulard takes on male-dominated establishment in EP presidency race

The French liberal MEP will have to convince her group to nominate her, rather than ALDE group leader Guy Verhofstad. Since 1979, 87% of the European Parliament's presidents have been men. EURACTIV France reports.

Tired of the founding fathers? Let’s celebrate the women building Europe

Gender equality is a prerequisite to achieving a sustainable Europe that has the buy in of its citizens - and this includes women at the heart of all decision-making, write Joanna Maycock and Petros Fassoulas.

Climate change 09-11-2016

UfM representative: ‘Obligation’ to protect Mediterranean from climate change

COP22 kicked off this week and achieving the goals set by the last instalment in Paris will top the agenda of the Marrakesh conference. EURACTIV Spain spoke with Miguel García-Herraiz about the climate challenges facing the countries that border the Mediterranean.

World’s most powerful women – and where to find them

The world is still mostly led by men, but the balance could swing slightly towards women of power today (8 November), when the US goes to the polls to potentially elect its first female president. Here are some of the distinguished individuals Hillary Clinton could join. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Security 12-10-2016

Women and their all-important role in stamping out extremism

Tackling radicalism and extremism is a task for society as a whole, but women can perform a crucial role as mediators in their communities, combatting the ignorance that often leads to the horrors of terrorism. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Global Europe 23-09-2016

Bokova: My advantage is multiculturalism

In a wide-ranging interview with EURACTIV's Editor-in-Chief, Daniela Vincenti, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO and candidate for the post of UN Secretary-General, spoke of her experience and goals, as well as discussed her strengths.

Future EU 05-09-2016

EU institutions failing race equality drive

EURACTIV recently asked the European Commission whether the executive is too white, drawing attention to the surprising fact that the institution does not collect data on the ethnicity or religion of its officials. There is still a lot to be desired from the institutions’ push for diversity, writes Claire Fernandez.

Global Europe 17-08-2016

Will the UN glass ceiling be shattered this time?

While the contest to select the next UN Secretary-General may not be on a par with the slugging match for the White House, it is beginning to heat up - with some decidedly undiplomatic tactics evident in the campaign to replace Ban Ki-moon, writes Dick Roche.

Development Policy 19-07-2016

Commission must prioritise access to contraception in development policy

Promoting women’s and girls’ human rights is a fundamental aspect of the European Union and should be better reflected in our overseas aid policy through major investment in improving access to family planning, writes Heidi Hautala.

Development Policy 17-03-2016

‘Zombie facts’ about women and girls need to be buried once and for all

“Zombie facts.” We’ve all heard them. Many have unwittingly used them: fictional data points cited, recited, and recycled so often that, like zombies in a science fiction movie, it seems they simply refuse to die, writes Caren Grown.

Promoting gender equality in the construction sector

Traditionally a sector dominated by men, modern construction has something to offer for people of any age and gender. Diversifying the sector would help cut unemployment and boost the European economy, argues Patrick Liébus.

Majority of refugee women traumatised by violence

Violence and sexual assault against women and girls in refugee camps remains a fact of life, due to the lack of a binding protection strategy and the member states’ delay in implementing the EU Asylum Directive. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Emily O’Reilly: Call me ‘Ombudswoman’

Speaking to EURACTIV.com ahead of International Women's Day, the European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly said she was open to being called 'Ombudswoman'.

Development Policy 08-03-2016

Study: Millions of women in unpaid work exposes gender inequality

As International Women’s Day is celebrated around the world today (8 March), a new study by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) has shown that women spend more time in unpaid work than men, particularly when it comes to childcare. EURACTIV's partner El País - Planeta Futuro reports.