Gender Equality

Trump and the Saudis

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For the past 70-plus years of the post-World War II world order, the US-Saudi connection has always been a "special" relationship. It’s always about the money. Money was first needed for oil cooperation, but after the...

Uniting Africa for power

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African countries are increasingly coming together. A landmark free-trade agreement was concluded earlier this year. East Africa has made great progress on the free movement of people. And a commitment to a single market...

Gender and the Arab city

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One of the top priorities for the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda is to make cities “inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.” City leaders can take a simple step that would go long a way toward achieving...

Romanian marriage referendum fails due to low voter turn-out

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With so many Romanian voters having opted to stay home for the two-day referendum on whether to ban same-sex marriage, the government's plan to officially codify that only a man and a woman can be...

Emirati women become a powerful force on UAE’s cultural scene

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Never one to mince words, Nayla Al Khaja, the United Arab Emirates’ first female director and producer seems to have no issue continually exercising her enviable skill of portraying exotic stories that can grip...

The Integration Imperative

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In many countries, integrating refugees and migrants has become a key policy priority. Fearing higher fiscal costs and public resistance to immigration, some countries are more willing to accept groups viewed as having a...

We Need a Food Revolution

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LONDON – In 1984, I gathered the most successful musicians of the time to form a “supergroup” called Band Aid to raise money for famine relief in Ethiopia. The next year, an even larger...

Club raids expose Georgia’s deep cultural fault lines

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The South Caucasus nation of Georgia has undergone multiple transformations in the 27 years since it took over its own affairs as a fully independent entity for the first time since the late 18th...

UK gender pay gap just under 10%

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The publication of a gender pay audit for big UK employers reveals a median difference of pay between men and women of just under 10% (9,7%), the BBC reported on Thursday. The data is based...

Ireland’s opposition leader now in favour of legalising abortion

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Ireland's opposition leader Micheál Martin stunned conservative sections of his Fianna Fáil party by reversing his position on legalising abortion in the traditionally conservative, deeply Catholic country. Martin will now back a repeal of the eighth...

EU committed to eradicating female genital mutilation

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On the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation commissioners Federica Mogherini, Johannes Hahn, Neven Mimica, and Vĕra Jourová joined together to reaffirm the EU's commitment to eradicating female genital mutilation. "The European Union will continue to work with all...

Brussels calls for faster removal of illegal content online

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Terrorist propaganda and content that incites violence and hatred online is a serious threat to security, safety and fundamental rights, according to a joint statement issued by European Union Vice-President Andrus Ansip, Commissioners Dimitris...

Brussels stands up for women’s rights

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A major event on “Women's rights in turbulent times” was organised by the European Commission on November 20. “Gender equality is a fundamental right, laid down in the EU Treaties,” said First Vice-President Frans Timmermans....

European Parliament: Zero tolerance to sexual harassment and sexual abuse in the EU #MeToo

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After the #metoo testimonies of sexual harassment flooded the social media, the European Parliament has stepped up for action, in an attempt to “clear its own house”. As one in three women have experienced physical...

Confidence in EU and European Parliament grows

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A clear majority of European Union citizens believe that their country has benefitted from EU membership. According to the European Parliament’s latest Parlemeter poll, 64%, an increase of four percentage points compared to 2016,...

EU Gender Equality index shows very slow progress in 2017

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The European Institute of Gender Equality (EIGE), along with the European Council and the European Commission presented on Wednesday the updated Gender Equality Index for 2017, showing only modest progress. “The situation has not improved...

Czech Republic faces court action over freedom of movement

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The Czech Republic has been criticised for failing to live up to some of the commitments that come with the European Union principle of free movement. More precisely, the government has been seriously foot...

Pittella: Wind of change for a reformed Europe is blowing’

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Europe’s socialists have called on European Commission to deliver real results on a youth guarantee and a new child guarantee, as well as on fair and equal pay for equal work. Following the debate on...

European Commission takes second step against Poland

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The European Commission on September 12 decided to send a Reasoned Opinion to Poland regarding the Polish law on the Ordinary Courts Organisation. This is the next stage in the infringement procedure. If Warsaw does...

More needed to boost Roma integration

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The situation of Roma in the European Union is slowly improving, according to a new report published by the European Commission on August 30. The assessment, which highlights the changes since 2011, notes that there...

EU calls on Poland’s ‘discriminatory’ retirement ages

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Poland’s varied retirement age for men and women is under scrutiny by top European Union officials, who consider this practice to be a form of gender discrimination. Europe's gender equality and labour commissioners sent a...

Spain concludes all-party pact for the fight against gender based violence

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Following six months of public consultation, 66 expert hearings, and political negotiations, Spain’s political parties reached a political consensus on a landmark bill to protect women and their children from gender based violence, El...

EU aims for work-life balance and equality across the bloc

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EU’s executive has tabled its plan for a "European Pillar of Social Rights” on Wednesday. Within 20 principles, the European Commission has summarized the most important criteria for modern social systems, covering a wide spectrum...

Iceland is the first state to outlaw the gender pay gap

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By the end of April, Iceland will be the first government in the world to outlaw the gender pay gay. Iceland is used to being remarkable when it comes to advancing gender equality. Iceland’s gender...

Facebook owns up to its responsibility for Revenge Porn

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Mark Zuckerberg committed on Wednesday to the eradication of revenge porn on Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram. WhatsApp is not mentioned, as it is based on encryption technology. The company will pursue this matter following a...

Anti-abortion rallies across Romania and Moldova

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Ultra-conservative Orthodox groups and priests marched in anti-abortion rallies across Romania and Moldova on Sunday, March 25. The anti-abortion rally in Bucharest reached 2,000-4,000 people, featuring groups with names such as “Students for Life” and...

2016 UN Human Development Report: attention shifts to the “left behind”

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The presentation of the 2016 Human Development Index Report was in Stockholm, on Tuesday, March 21.  The statistical annex of the Human Development Index offers a wealth of conclusions, for the press, pundits, and...

European Parliament calls for gender equality

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A non-legislative resolution voted by the European Parliament on March 14 calls for more efforts to achieve equality between women and men in the European Union. “Data clearly show that the EU is only half...

Births slightly up with over 5 million European babies for 2015

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France keeps being the biggest mother of the EU with a birth number of 799,700 for 2015. UK comes second with 776,700 births as Germany (737 600), Italy (485 800), Spain (418 400) and...

Jourová: Sanctions against discrimination are not effective enough

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“I am here because of quotas,” admitted European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová, asked on whether these quotas are good for women or undermine their value within the positions that...

International Women’s Day – “Many successes, but still a way to go”

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Nine Commissioners unite their voice, supporting equality ahead of Women’s day, vowing to continue to take action both at home and abroad. European Commissioners acknowledge both the progress and the further work that has to...

Only 1 out of 3 managers are women, paid almost a quarter less than...

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In the 60 years of EU’s project, women continue being under-represented between high positions in labour market, while sill being paid less. At EU level, about a third (35%) of managers are women. Women in...

Croatia risks losing EU funds over anti-discrimination delays

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Croatia may lose access to €6.8bn from the EU’s Competition and Cohesion programme, due to delays in implementing a national anti-discrimination plan. As reported by Balkan Insight online, the plan, specifying how numerous state institutions...

The Dutch government challenges Trump’s global anti-abortion aid policy

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The Netherlands will step up and cover the vacuum from the withdrawal of US funding for abortion services in the developing world, the BBC reports. Feminist foreign aid The Dutch Labour Minister, Lilianne Ploumen, promised "a...

Swedish opposition blocks gender quota bill for company boards

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The opposition in Sweden has blocked a proposal for a 40% quota on company boards. The coalition between the center-right Alliance (Allians för Sverige) and the far-right Sweden Democrats stopped a bill introducing a quota...

Sessions denies being a KKK sympathizer

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The Presidential nominee for the post of the Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, is being questioned by the Senate Judiciary Committee where he is facing tough questions on his far-right agenda. The attorney general acts...

The Netherlands consider four-parent families

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A child should be able to have four parents. Parents should be able to draw contracts, detailing the competencies of each parent, financial responsibilities, or even the child’s surname. That is one of 68 recommendations...