About: Rights for women

Social justice 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.
Global Europe 27-10-2016

The Brief: Women are better drivers than men, confirms Commission

Who are the best drivers? Men or women? Fortunately, thanks to the European Commission, we can set this controversy to rest, once and for all.
Global Europe 10-12-2014

Malala to world leaders: ‘Do better’ in 2015

2015 must be the year the world wakes up and delivers a safer, more just future for children and young people, writes Malala Yousafzai in a letter to world leaders.
Development Policy 25-09-2014

Women’s development goals

As the 2015 deadline for the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) approaches, world leaders will face a choice: move the goal posts back another decade or two, or hold accountable those who have failed to deliver on their commitments. For women, the choice is clear.
Development Policy 08-03-2013

Women and education: The case of Malala Giousafzai

The case of Malala Giousafzai, the Pakistani teenager who the Taliban tried to kill for promoting girls' education, is just one example of the unacceptable inequality and brutal repression faced by women and girls on a daily basis in some countries, writes Androulla Vassiliou.

Gender equality is ‘unfinished business’

Despite considerable progress in advancing women's roles in politics and business, Europe is struggling to reach full gender parity and quotas are seen as a "questionable" remedy.

EU wants more women in top positions, but no quotas

EU ministers in charge of employment and social affairs endorsed yesterday (7 March) a renewed pact for gender equality aimed at increasing women's presence in decision-making bodies, but refrained from imposing EU-wide quotas.
EU Priorities 2020 29-03-2010

Spain pushes for Europe 2020 gender equality goal

Women's equality should be part of the EU's 'Europe 2020' strategy, Spanish Prime Minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, current holder of the EU's rotating presidency, said yesterday (28 March). EURACTIV Spain reports.

Mixed emotions on Women’s Day in Eastern Europe

Many people, especially those above 35 living in Eastern Europe, still associate 8 March with the old official Communist celebrations, with faded red cloves and drunken men 'celebrating' Women's Day. But gradually the day, which symbolises female emancipation, has gained new legitimacy, a tour of the EURACTIV network reveals.
EU Priorities 2020 06-03-2009

Citizens, politicians at odds over gender quotas

Europeans believe women in politics positively impact on decision-making, surveys show. However, they do not support mandatory quotas to boost gender representation in the European Parliament, a measure generally favoured by female politicians.
EU Elections 09 17-09-2008

Sarah Palin inspires EU gender campaigners

'Females in Front', a campaign that seeks to boost women's representation in the European Parliament and other EU top jobs available next year, has embraced Sarah Palin, John McCain's running mate for the US presidency, despite her long-standing opposition to abortion.

Parliament backs calls for EU anti-discrimination law

The European Parliament has reminded Commission President José Manuel Barroso of his commitment to put forward a directive outlawing discrimination on a whole range of grounds, including disability, age, religion or belief and sexual orientation, as Brussels finalises preparations for a social policy package to be presented in June. 

Women: Stabilising an insecure world

Despite general consensus over the need to protect and empower women, they remain under-represented in politics and marginalised in decision-making throughout the world, write EU Commissioners Benita Ferrero-Waldner and Margot Wallström ahead of International Women's Day on 8 March.
Sports 01-02-2008

Women and Sport

Men rule in sports, both as athletes and coaches as well as consumers of the sports entertainment industry. Encouraging women and girls - who often drop out of sport too early - to get more involved is a challenge.

Report: Women don’t get fair reward for their contribution to EU

75% of new jobs in the EU are taken by women, and the majority of graduates in every single EU country are women. But they earn on average 15% less than men, according to the Commission's 2007 gender-equality report.
Central Europe 15-02-2007

MEPs urge improvement of women’s rights in Turkey

A report on 12 January 2007 reveals that MEPs believe there is still much progress to be made.

‘Working-time opt-out leaves employees no choice’

Under the opt-out scheme of the Working Time Directive, workers don't have a real choice of not working longer hours if their employer wants them to, say MEPs from the Parliament's two largest groups. 

Commission seeks right balance of life and work

More needs to be done to achieve a better balance between private and professional life, in particular for women, argues the Commission. Social partners have been asked to comment.

Court confirms ‘equal pay for equal work’ principle

Employers must be able to prove that women's lower wages are attributable to their lesser experience and professional skills due to their generally shorter service time, the Court of Justice has ruled.

Women in Europe: Better educated, worse paid, less leisure

Although, on average, women in the EU have better education than men, they spend less time earning money and more time doing domestic work, according to a study published by Eurostat on the occasion of the International Women's Day.

UN assesses beijing women’s conference

Ministers from 189 countries will be debating a new action plan to speed up implementation of the Beijing action platform on women's politics this week