Social justice

Future EU 22-10-2019

20 Visions for Europe: ‘A vision for Europe in 20 years? Progress is not linear’

If we want to look forward to what might happen in the next 20 years, we might first look back, writes Conny Reuter, secretary-general of SOLIDAR.
Politics 09-10-2019

The EU must fully support civil society at home

Human rights defenders are essential to democracy. Yet, the intimidation of human rights defenders in the European Union has become a serious problem and the implications for democracy are profound. Decision-makers at all levels have a responsibility to protect civic space in the European Union, writes Birgit Van Hout.
Global Europe 01-10-2019

Unsuitable mandates, wrong candidates: A difficult start for von der Leyen

Ursula von der Leyen still has a chance to chart a path to a fairer, greener, inclusive and prosperous Europe. But what values will she really uphold, asks a group of more than 20 signatories, including ActionAid, Climate Action Network, European Network against Racism, Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace.
Economy & Jobs 30-09-2019

Why don’t women benefit from international trade as much as men?

President-elect Ursula von der Leyen will be the first female Commission president. Not only that, but she has also succeeded in forming the first gender-balanced EU leadership team. Women are back on the EU's agenda, writes Cecilia Malmström.
Global Europe 11-07-2019

Let’s hold G7 leaders accountable to their promises on gender equality

We need progress not promises on gender equality. That is why G7 leaders need to establish a mechanism that keep governments to their commitments, argue Friederike Röder, Joe Powell, Aurélie Gal-Régniez and Philippe Lévêque.
Global Europe 04-07-2019

Putting values at the heart of the EU presidency

The goals of the new Finnish EU Presidency include a socially, ecologically and economically sustainable EU, the same priorities as its domestic agenda, writes Kaisa Penny.
Global Europe 20-06-2019

Another 100 years to wait for gender equality? We deserve better

At the current pace, it will take more than a century for women to become equal to men in Europe, despite the general progress made so far on gender equality on the European soil and the fact that throughout its history, the EU has been a global leader in advancing women's rights.
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Global Europe 06-06-2019

Civil society organisations at the Sabir Festival put up a fight against nationalistic agendas in the EU

A few days ahead of the surge of Salvini’s party, Sabir and its organisers represent the flipside of Italian social movements, who want bridges where nationalists want walls, writes Francesca Chiavacci.
Economy & Jobs 28-11-2018

The European Social Pillar is creating a new political dynamic, but is this enough?

On the anniversary of the establishment of the European Social Pillar, Maria João Rodrigues takes stock of the development of the related directives and the further steps that are still needed.
Future EU 09-10-2018

Seeing leaders in young girls 

There is currently no country in the world where men and women are truly treated equally. At the current rate of progress, according to indicators from the World Economic Forum, it will take an estimated 217 years to achieve full gender parity. We cannot afford to wait that long, writes Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca.
Banking union 22-06-2018

A ”facelift” to the EIB: the EU financial arm needs forward-looking reforms

The European Investment Bank (EIB) celebrates this year its 60th anniversary. But the 1958-founded EU body and bank should now look forward and commit to becoming a more sustainable, accountable and transparent institution, writes Xavier Sol.
Africa 06-06-2018

Africa-Europe ties need a reset – but not just because of migration

Europe and Africa need a partnership which should focus on the new realities in both regions. Europe can become the region's main partner during its transformative revolution if it listens to civil society representatives, writes Shada Islam.
Development Policy 05-06-2018

Everyone gains from investing in the health and gender equality of women and children

Five million women and children die every year from entirely preventable causes. The Global Financing Facility (GFF) supports the 50 countries with the greatest needs by investing in their health systems but that is not enough, writes Mariam Claeson.
Future EU 08-03-2018

Women’s rights and corporate abuses: Waiting for Godot?

Nearly two centuries have passed since the famous New York women’s march. Today, women and society itself, need policy-makers that live up to their obligations, make business enterprises respect human rights, and grant victims of abuses access to justice, write Claudia Saller and Adriana Espinosa.
Development Policy 07-02-2018

EU politicising development aid to build Fortress Europe

EU investments should not be used to blackmail or externalise borders. Particularly if the EU really wants to tackle the root causes of forced migration, writes Xabier Benito Ziluaga.
Politics 21-11-2017

In a time of strong men politics, how do women (re)group?

The surge of rightwing nationalist parties throughout Europe has led to an increase in sexist, demeaning remarks as well as attempts to repeal crucial legislation affecting women’s rights, warn representatives of the Brussels Binder.

Global Europe 18-10-2017

EU-India relations come full-circle

For more than a decade, the EU and India partnership had been slow-moving and fragmented, struggling to maintain momentum. The last EU-India summit however shows EU-India relations have come full circle, writes Gauri Khandekar.
Freedom of thought 28-09-2017

Ireland’s abortion restrictions are a disgrace. Where’s the EU’s soft power?

This week thousands of Irish people in cities all over the world, including Brussels, will be protesting in solidarity with tens of thousands marching in Dublin for access to abortion, writes John Hyland.
Freedom of thought 28-09-2017

Will the EU take a stand against the erosion of women’s rights?

In the last year, increased political attacks on the safety and dignity of women, within the EU and beyond, have made human rights a hot topic in the European public sphere, writes Caroline Hickson.
Economy & Jobs 01-08-2017

Women have to appease gender stereotypes to be influential

Men and women have sharply divergent routes for converting self-confidence into organisational influence, and the path available to women is far more complex, writes Natalia Karelaia.
Development Policy 28-04-2017

EU’s ‘New Consensus on Development’ puts migration control centre-stage

The EU's New Consensus on Development is meant to plot a roadmap to meeting the UN's Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. Instead, the draft proposal appears to prioritise migration control and military operations, writes Johannes Trimmel.
Development Policy 16-03-2017

EU’s New Consensus on Development needs support

With national discourse becoming increasingly insular, few politicians are brave enough to make the case for multilateralism on the domestic stage. But the need for multilateral action and effective support of development and growth outside Europe has never been greater, argues Werner Hoyer.
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.

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.

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