About: gender balance

Future EU 10-12-2019

Don’t be fooled: Gender equality hasn’t been reached

There may be more women at the top of EU politics but equality has not been reached, and men have as great a role as women in reaching solutions, write Dagmar Schumacher and Rick Zedník.
Banking union 26-07-2019

König: I don’t believe in gender quotas

For many, the banking union represents the most ambitious step in EU integration since the creation of the euro. As the chairwoman of the new authority to resolve European systemic banks, Elke König, has been in the driving seat of the process.

Von der Leyen leans on gender balance in quest for Commission presidency

In her first speech before the European Parliament on Tuesday (16 July), Ursula von der Leyen made gender equality a cornerstone of her case to be appointed as the first female European Commission president. And she received support for that from across the political spectrum.
EU Elections 2019 15-07-2019

Von der Leyen spells out concessions to Parliament ahead of crunch vote

Putting carbon neutrality into law during first 100 days, a new “Just Transition Fund” or the nomination of two executive vice-presidents are some of the concessions listed by European Commission President nominee Ursula von der Leyen, according to the letters seen by Euractiv.
EU Elections 2019 27-06-2019

Vestager will stay in Brussels, even without EU Commission presidency

Danish EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager will stay in Brussels for a second term, the Scandinavian nation’s new prime minister announced yesterday (26 June), even if she fails in her bid to become the next President of the European Commission.
Future EU 03-06-2019

Juncker: Not enough work to keep 28 Commissioners busy

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has urged member states not to name short-term replacements for the Commissioners that have been elected as MEPs, insisting there is not enough work for 28 Commissioners anyway.
Economy & Jobs 14-05-2019

The success of populism, and why it’s all about the middle class

Addressing the shrinking of the middle class is crucial to fight the rise of nationalism, protectionism and populism in the next European elections, Margherita Movarelli argues.
Macron, Brexit, and International Women's Day
Politics 08-03-2019

Tweets of the Week: Macron, Brexit, and International Women’s Day

Macron hopes to lead the European way, Brexit talks go badly astray, and we’re celebrating International Women’s Day. This week we are supported by PlasticsEurope.
Politics 07-03-2019

Beyond #metoo: We need to tackle violence against women and girls

Women and girls in South-Eastern and Eastern Europe live in danger. This is what a new survey published by the OSCE just ahead of this International Women’s Day tells us, says OSCE's Thomas Greminger upon publication of the new report.
EU Elections 2019 06-03-2019

Feminism is the word in Spain’s electoral campaign

Women's rights have taken centre stage in election campaigns for Spain's left- and right-wing parties as International Women's Day approaches even as ultra-conservative groups hit back at what they dub "radical feminism."
Better work-life balance: closing the gender employment gap?
Economy & Jobs 06-03-2019

Better work-life balance: closing the gender employment gap?

A positive work-life balance contributes to a more inclusive labour market, reducing the gender employment gap and raising individuals’ quality of life.
Economy & Jobs 01-03-2019

Gender balance in the workplace: ‘Not a women’s issue anymore’

The work-life balance directive is only a few steps away from becoming law after the European Parliament and EU member states reached political agreement in January. The new rules will boost women’s representation in the workplace while securing at least 10 days of paid parental leave for fathers.
Europe's East 29-01-2019

With Salome Zurabishvili, Georgia leads the way, again

The new president of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili, is a worthy member of the small group of women in the club of world heads of state and government, writes Clare Moody.
Economy & Jobs 08-03-2018

Report denounces ‘Manels’ at top global conferences

Female speakers are outnumbered by men by three to one at Europe's top international meetings including the Davos summit and Munich Security Conference, a report revealed on 8 March, the International Women's Day.
Economy & Jobs 26-09-2017

How does business thrive in a disrupted world? Through women’s leadership at all levels

Across Europe, women represented 24% of corporate board members in 2015, according to Credit Suisse, up from a 14% average in 2010. It’s an encouraging sign that women are rising to the uppermost leadership positions, writes Clara Gaymard.
Elections 14-06-2017

France set to enter world top ten for parliamentary gender balance

Currently 63rd in the global ranking, France could rise to second place in Europe for gender balance in parliament after the second round of the legislative election this Sunday (18 June). The first-round collapse of the traditional parties has cleared unprecedented space for female candidates. EURACTIV France 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.
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.

Oettinger to be quizzed on his plan to put women in leadership positions

One of the issues Günther Oettinger is expected to be quizzed on in the European Parliament today (9 January) is his plan to achieve gender balance in the European Commission, as progress achieved under his predecessor Kristalina Georgieva looks limited.
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.

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.
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Digital 28-04-2016

What are you going to make?

On International Girls in ICT Day, Microsoft wants to inspire more young women about the potential of STEM studies.

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'.

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