About: gender equality

Digital & Media 30-03-2021

MEPs call for greater regulation of AI discrimination

The European Parliament's culture and education committee endorsed on 15 March an opinion calling for a framework to regulate artificial intelligence (AI) in order to "reduce gender, social or cultural bias in technology", and the European Commission is expected to propose a legislative framework for the matter in April. EURACTIV France reports.
Non-discrimination 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.
Economy & Jobs 04-03-2021

Asking job seekers to reveal previous salaries is ‘discrimination’, EU’s Dalli says

The EU's Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli, presented on Thursday (4 March) the first EU-wide compulsory rules to force companies to disclose salaries by type of work and employees’ sex. The goal is to tackle the pay gap between men and women in the EU, currently at 14%.
Non-discrimination 25-02-2021

Violence and harassment in Europe ‘far more frequent than official data indicate’

Millions of European citizens are victims of harassment and violence every year, according to a report published on 19 February by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), revealing that "acts of violence and harassment in Europe are far more frequent than official data indicate." EURACTIV France reports.
Non-discrimination 05-02-2021

Sexism in politics: French MP called ‘fish lady’ and ‘crazy’ during debate

Far-left National Assembly MP Mathilde Panot (France Insoumise) was called "fish lady" and "crazy" by her male colleagues on Tuesday (2 February), in the latest episode of a long series of sexist attacks against women politicians in France. EURACTIV France reports.
Non-discrimination 08-01-2021

Berlin intends to boost the proportion of women in company management bodies

The German government presented on Wednesday (6 January) a bill that plans to introduce at least one woman into the governing bodies of German companies with more than three directors. EURACTIV France reports.
Non-discrimination 09-12-2020

Germany’s virus stimulus disproportionately benefits men, study warns

The German government's coronavirus stimulus package from July benefits men more than women, according to a recent study by the University of Kassel. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Non-discrimination 23-11-2020

France’s ‘feminist diplomacy’: lots of talk, little action

The term 'feminist diplomacy' used by France since 2018 remains unclear, according to a report by the country's High Council on Gender Equality presented to the government on 18 November. EURACTIV France reports.
Non-discrimination 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.
EU Council Presidency conclusions on Artificial Intelligence and human rights failed to secure unanimous backing from member states last week after Poland refused to support a text due to opposing inclusion of the term 'gender equality,' EURACTIV has learned.
Digital & Media 26-10-2020

Poland rejects Presidency conclusions on Artificial Intelligence, rights

EU Council presidency conclusions on Artificial Intelligence and human rights failed to secure unanimous backing from member states last week after Poland refused to support a text due to opposing inclusion of the term 'gender equality,' EURACTIV has learned.
Economy & Jobs 23-10-2020

Mediterranean Union boss: We are doomed to work together

Countries are “doomed to work together and find common solutions” as partners, particularly in the face of the growing climate emergency in the region, Nasser Kamel, secretary-general of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), told EURACTIV in an interview. Kamel...
Non-discrimination 22-09-2020

Gender equality: How post-COVID economic recovery programmes took a step back

With domestic violence and health issues having affected French women more than men during the COVID-19 health crisis, the economic consequences of the pandemic have also impacted the country's employment sector and have widened the gender inequality gap. EURACTIV France reports.
Non-discrimination 09-09-2020

French fight against sexist ads comes to Germany

For two years now, French association Pépite Sexiste has been fighting against gender stereotypes in advertising. It has now decided to go international and has even launched one of its subsidiaries in Germany called Servus Sexismus. EURACTIV France reports.
Non-discrimination 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.
Economy & Jobs 29-06-2020

The new ERA must do more for gender equality

As we slowly emerge from the coronavirus outbreak in Europe, one thing is clear – it has brought to the front various aspects of gender equality issues in Research and Innovation (R&I), writes Marcela Linkova.
Digital & Media 14-05-2020

Gabriel: Women ‘continue to face obstacles’ in tech sector

Tech firms in Europe are 'losing out' on a wide range of talent and diversity due to their reluctance to hire women across all levels of management, the EU Commissioner for Innovation and Research, Mariya Gabriel has said.
06-03-2020

The EU Gender Equality Strategy is the beginning of a new chapter

This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Beijing Declaration – the 1995 UN agenda for women's empowerment. It articulated, for the first time, a comprehensive worldwide action plan to achieve gender equality, write four socialist politicians.
Global Europe 16-01-2020

Nicolas Schmit: ‘The first dignity of work is to pay people a fair wage’

Nicolas Schmit will have a busy 2020. The EU Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights outlined on Tuesday (14 January) a comprehensive agenda to beef up the EU’s social policies. He discussed the details in an interview with EURACTIV.

Two centuries to close the economic gender gap

Women will have to wait two centuries to have as many economic opportunities as their male colleagues, the World Economic Forum’s Global Gender Gap Report 2020 published on Tuesday (17 December) warns.

Women are doing better in European politics, but still not well enough

Ursula von der Leyen will be the first woman to chair the European Commission and will do it with the most gender-balanced college ever, but even though the participation of women in politics has improved in the EU, it is still not enough.
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.

Finnish social minister: Europe needs ‘a paradigm shift’ towards the economy of well-being

Working towards a more inclusive economic growth in Europe is one of the Finnish presidency's main priorities. Finnish minister Aino-Kaisa Pekonen lays out her vision for "the economy of well-being".

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.
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.