Hannah Norton

Global Europe 25-11-2021

16 days of activism: Brussels organisations tackle gender-based violence

Many buildings across Brussels are glowing orange this Thursday (25 November) to kick off the international #OrangeTheWorld campaign, led by UN Women.
Economy & Jobs 18-11-2021

New business partnerships help refugee women enter the workforce

Refugee women face lower levels of employment in Europe than their male counterparts or native-born females, according to a new report from Economist Impact. In response, 25 businesses have pledged to mentor over 1,200 refugee women and help them enter the workforce.
Non-discrimination 12-11-2021

EU court ruling fails to remove obstacles for voters with disabilities

In theory, all Europeans have the right to vote in local and national elections. But in practice, people with disabilities often face significant hurdles to exercising their voting rights.
Non-discrimination 29-10-2021

Young people harassed at EP event; organisers say it wasn’t first time

Far-right youth delegations harassed members of ethnic and racial minority groups at this years European Youth Event (EYE) held at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 8-9 October.
Energy 27-10-2021

Green mortgages to help EU achieve climate goals

The EU has utilised portfolio standards to cut vehicle fleet emissions, and climate policy advisors are now pushing similar strategies for emissions reduction in buildings, via 'green' mortgages to finance deep renovations.
Non-discrimination 15-10-2021

Amidst pandemic, rule of law deteriorates in over half the world

The World Justice Project (WJP) has released the 2021 edition of the annual Rule of Law Index, which evaluates 139 countries and jurisdiction areas. The latest index demonstrates multi-year negative trends in the rule of law, some of which have been aggravated by the pandemic.
Agrifood 14-10-2021

1 million EU citizens ask Commission to ban wild animals in circuses

Members of the Stop Circus Suffering campaign gathered outside the European Commission's Belraymont building on Wednesday (13 October) to celebrate the collection of 1 million signatures on a petition to ban the use of wild animals in circuses.
Climate change 12-10-2021

Two dozen countries announce commitment to EU-US global methane pledge

As political support grows to place methane emissions reduction at the top of the global agenda, 24 additional countries agreed on Monday (11 October) to sign the EU-US-led Global Methane Pledge ahead of the UN climate summit in Glasgow.
Non-discrimination 06-10-2021

EU says will fight rising online anti-Semitism

The European Commission presented its new strategy against anti-Semitism on Tuesday (5 October), pointing to an " increasing, worrying tendency of anti-Semitic sentiment" in the EU, particularly online.
Cities & regions 29-09-2021

Flanders tackles pandemic’s sustainability fallout

It is clear that the ongoing coronavirus crisis has offset sustainability efforts: thousands of personal protective equipment items are thrown away every day and the pandemic has increased poverty and inequality. Flemish communities have taken these setbacks head-on, bringing together individuals and local authorities to tackle disparities caused by the pandemic.

Women in peace and security: ‘What can we do better?’

It has been nearly 21 years since the United Nations Security Council adopted Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. However, key female changemakers from the EU, UN, and NATO say there are still years of work to be done before achieving equal representation.