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11-05-2021

Women’s rights: Sign and ratify the Istanbul Convention

The Istanbul Convention is a milestone in the fight against gender-based violence. We are determined to ensure full implementation and enforcement in our countries, write high-level signatories from seventeen European countries. Signatories are ministers from 16 European countries.** Today we...
18-03-2021

We need to do more than talk about racism

Racism runs deeper than individual acts of hate - it is embedded in the EU’s social, economic and political system. With the Anti-Racism Summit and National Action Plan Against Racism, the EU has a huge opportunity to truly tackle racism, but to do so it needs to tackle it structurally.

In Brussels, green still means white

The EU bubble has a whiteness problem – and the green sector is complicit, write Chloé Mikolajczak and Marianna Tuokkola.
10-03-2021

The freedom of LGBTIQ people in Europe will prevail

Two years ago, the county of Świdnik in Poland was declared an “LGBTI ideology-free zone”. Today, a group of lawmakers in the European Parliament have taken the initiative to declare the European Union an LGBTIQ freedom zone.
Economy & Jobs 08-03-2021

It’s time for an EU law to end gender-based violence

On International Women’s Day, a group of twenty Green MEPS call on the European Commission to propose a comprehensive and inclusive directive to prevent, respond to and end gender-based violence online and offline.
08-03-2021

Empowering women leads to better science, research and innovation

Female involvement in research and innovation is vital for ensuring sustainable and inclusive twin digital and green transitions, writes Mariya Gabriel.
Elections 03-03-2021

The right to vote for all is a matter of human dignity

As the European Commission is about to unveil the EU's new Strategy on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the next decade, Krzysztof Pater writes about one of the areas where discrimination is still acutely felt – the right to vote, effectively denied to many persons with disabilities across Europe.
Economy & Jobs 01-02-2021

Today’s EU disregards regional autonomy, the Commission should respond

Today we often see an EU where the principle of subsidiarity is only a theoretical concept and regional autonomy is not taken into account. It is time for the Commission to step up its efforts and a first step could be to give the Minority Safepack initiative the attention it deserves, writes Harry Jansson.
20-01-2021

The Brief, powered by VDMA – Wanted: A Guardian of Democracy

Last Friday, and without much media coverage, the Guardian of the Treaties dealt the latest blow to European citizens' shot at direct democracy by rejecting a petition proposing a protection package for national minorities that had garnered 1.1 million signatures across the EU.

Nothing to celebrate in 2020? 20 years of UNSC 1325

2020 did not bring significant progress for the agenda of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (WPS) and the COVID19 pandemic even caused significant setbacks for women's rights, writes Brigitta von Messling.
10-12-2020

Stop the rain on human rights

The current pandemic crisis serves as a magnifying glass of all existing inequalities in Europe - racism, gender and sexual discrimination, treatment of migrants: there is still a long way to go to ensure full and real equality in Europe, write Helena Dalli and Dunja Mijatović on the occasion of the Human Rights Day on 10 December.
02-11-2020

Women’s rights: We cannot go back a single day

Despite modest progress, the EU is still decades away from obtaining gender equality and the overall picture is still bleak, writes Helena Dalli.
17-09-2020

An EU law for the Romani people becomes possible

The European Parliament will pass today its Resolution “on the implementation of National Roma Integration Strategies: combating negative attitudes towards people with Romani background in Europe”. The rapporteur, Romeo Franz, who is of Roma origin, shares his emotional reaction.
14-09-2020

Europe must take action to combat rising anti-Semitism

COVID-19 has fuelled anti-Semitism in Europe. We need to take it seriously or risk losing the Jewish community, writes Michael O'Flaherty.
EU Elections 2019 07-09-2020

Voting is every EU citizen’s right, regardless of disability

Persons with intellectual disabilities were disenfranchised in the 2019 EU elections. The European Commission should ensure this does not happen again, writes Jurij Toplak.  
11-08-2020

Time for Europe to face uncomfortable truths about racial inequality

Europeans are uncomfortable talking about structural racism. But it is the lived reality of millions of people of colour on the continent, and needs to be addressed honestly, writes Amelie Glauber.
10-07-2020

How COVID-19 can bring gender justice

Like previous disasters, the coronavirus crisis has exposed systemic inequalities faced by women. It's time to build back better and fairer, write Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka and Helena Dalli.
30-06-2020

Time to recognise migrants’ contribution to Covid-19 response

COVID-19 has shown that migrants are essential workers but still face discrimination, argues Maria Nyman
24-06-2020

Will the EU walk the talk on tackling structural racism?

As the college of commissioners will discuss racism in Europe during its weekly meeting on Wednesday (24 June), activists Karen Taylor and Amiirah Salleh-Hoddin urge the EU to take real action against the phenomenon.
17-06-2020

Knees on necks and blood on hands

There is widespread anger in the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four police officers. Anger that we need to channel into social reform. This is a priceless deposit and we must not let it go to waste, writes Helena Dalli.
11-06-2020

The Brief – Critical whiteness

The ongoing Black Lives Matter protests have generated a reckoning with systemic racism and police brutality in the United States and in Europe, perhaps like never before. In addition to demanding wide-reaching reforms, many have started to take the time...
10-06-2020

The Brief – Europe’s race blindspot

In much of Europe, institutional racism is so deeply ingrained that millions of white people don’t even notice it. Those in much of provincial Europe could be forgiven for not seeing it. But we delude ourselves if we believe that...

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