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Future EU 27-07-2018

Istanbul Convention ‘unconstitutional’ in Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Constitutional Court voted on Friday (27 July) to declare the Istanbul Convention unconstitutional. The Convention is the first instrument in Europe to create a comprehensive framework for the protection of women and girls from all forms of violence.
Future EU 23-02-2018

After Bulgaria, Slovakia too fails to ratify the Istanbul Convention

A wave of opposition in Central Europe to so-called “gender ideology” has led Bulgaria on 15 February, and then Slovakia yesterday (22 February) to oppose ratifying the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence.

Italy condemned again for failing to recognise same-sex marriages

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) condemned Italy on Thursday (14 December) for failing to recognise same-sex marriages, a ruling that will result in a token financial compensation for the plaintiffs and more negative publicity for the country.
Politics 25-10-2017

Sexual harassment doesn’t interest many MEPs

After the Weinstein scandal in Hollywood and the global movement to denounce sexual harassment, the European Parliament debated the subject before the vote on a resolution that will call on the executive to react.
Economy & Jobs 02-10-2017

Corazza: Society can benefit from ‘gendered’ responses to disruption

In this new disrupted world, conventional thinking will not be enough to address the challenges posed by rapid changes, meaning a gendered perspective is needed to reveal fresh points of view, said Chiara Corazza in an interview with EURACTIV.
Economy & Jobs 21-03-2017

Homelessness and housing exclusion have reached crisis levels in EU

With rising homelessness and housing deprivation across the European Union, now, more than ever, is the time for the Juncker Commission to bridge the disconnect with its most vulnerable citizens, writes Chloé Serme-Morin.
Global Europe 09-03-2017

Icelandic politician Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir on gender equality

Hanna Birna Kristjánsdóttir is Iceland's former interior minister and chairperson of the board of Women in Parliaments Global Forum.

Prostitution legal in several EU countries, but Nordic Model could change that

MEPs, feminists and police officers met today, on International Women’s Day (8 March), at the European Parliament, to discuss a new approach to criminalising prostitution: the Nordic Model.
Development Policy 08-11-2016

Female genital mutilation: Putting human rights at the core of Europe’s asylum system

Female genital mutilation (FGM) survivors, and women and girls at risk, are particularly vulnerable in the asylum system. They must receive support to help them navigate the process, writes Liuska Sanna.
Central Europe 06-10-2016

Abortion protests rock Polish government, prompt backtrack

Poland's ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party has looked firmly in control since sweeping to power a year ago but it may have pressed its conservative agenda too far by initially backing a virtual ban on abortion.

Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

Romanian campaigners said Monday (23 May) they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state.
EU Priorities 2020 08-03-2016

Grybauskaite: Politics will stop being a men’s club if women dare to dream

It is a long path to the EU leaders' table, but if women dare to pursue their convictions in political life, politics will stop being a men's club, said Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, one of only three women leaders in the European Council.
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UN: Austerity hurts services vital to gender equality

Spending cuts are hurting public and social services that give women the chance to find paid work, independence and a chance at equality, a UN report warns.
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Jobs take their toll: understanding the impact of ageing, gender and occupational hazards on workers

Employers and most European governments tell us we will all have to work for longer. But how can workers in backbreaking jobs do that? As it is, many never manage to work out a full career due to physical or mental burnout.

Unions: Men and women more equal, but not on workplace health, safety

SPECIAL REPORT / Even though politicians and trade unions have tried for many years to tackle gender inequality in the EU labour market, gaps persist. But they have become smaller during the financial crisis, experts say.
Development Policy 12-03-2013

The EU needs to make a greater effort to protect women

By signing and ratifying the Istanbul Convention, the EU would send a strong political message to step up efforts to end violence against women and overcome inequality, writes Tewodros Melesse.
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Gender equality – Is a quota system the best approach?

In its ‘Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015’, the European Commission committed itself to supporting the promotion of gender equality in the implementation of all aspects and flagship initiatives of the Europe 2020 strategy, and also to promoting female entrepreneurship and self-employment. In 2012, the discussion focused intensively on gender balance in the boards of companies, with the aim to reduce the barriers for women to access board positions and to improve corporate governance and company performance.
Health 08-03-2013

Health experts urge greater gender balance in clinical trials

Too few women are taking part in clinical tests to develop new drugs, putting their lives at risk as women's bodies react differently to medicines, health experts said ahead of International Women's Day.
Health 08-03-2013

Medical director: Women under-represented in clinical tests

The lack of gender balance in clinical tests affects almost all medical sectors, but is particularly relevant in cardiovascular diseases where only 33% of trials participants are women. On International Women's Day, Marco Stramba-Badiale is calling for an update of the EU's Clinical Trials Directive to address this imbalance.

Professor: EU needs more women scientists

Research institutions must realise that there are smarter ways to use the funds they have. The entire focus of the European Gender Summit is to highlight gender as a tool for making research more effective and for achieving results of a higher quality, says Curt Rice.

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