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Women’s and LGBTQ+ rights: authoritarian’s ugly face revealed during Covid19

By Caroline Hickson / 3 June, 2020

Europeans need to fight two viruses, simultaneously and equally vehemently: the new coronavirus, a biological virus attacking our bodies, and the political virus which is attacking our fundamental rights and our democracies. The diverging responses to the COVID-19 crisis by the governments of different EU countries powerfully highlight how authoritarianism rhymes...

Does Europe care about care?

By Barbara Helfferich / 8 May, 2020

The EU’s new gender strategy finally puts care work more solidly at the centre of our economic activity. ‘At a snail’s pace.’ That was the conclusion of the latest Gender Equality Index, which measures and compares the progress on gender equality in the European Union. The pay gap still stands at...

Gender pay gap: The venom is in the tail(s)

By Janna Besamusca / 6 March, 2020

The persistent gender pay gap is increasingly difficult to explain. In the past, it was mostly due to women’s lower educational qualifications and shorter work experience. Today however, only about a third of the gap is due to women working in lower paid occupations or sectors. As knowledge is empowering,...

Time for Pay Transparency

By Esther Lynch / 6 March, 2020

Despite years of fighting for equality, women in the EU still earn considerably less than men. One of the reasons is gender pay secrecy. EC President von der Leyen promised to bring forward an initiative on pay transparency, which could be a real game changer. So far however, the results...

“We are calling for a new and ambitious strategy for women’s rights and gender equality in Europe”

By Maria Noichl / 4 March, 2020

The European Commission has just launched its much-awaited Gender Equality Strategy on the 5th of March, setting the tone for its actions on gender equality in the 2020-2025 period. The Strategy places a strong focus on achieving a “gender equal Europe where gender-based violence, sex discrimination and structural inequality between women an men are thing of the past”. ...

Did sexuality education become instrumentalised in Polish politics?

By Anna Pacześniak / 25 November, 2019

The draft law to amend the Polish Penal Code aimed to introduce a ban on the “demoralisation and sexuality of children”, and de factoa ban on reliable sexual education, are the cuckoo’s egg of the electoral campaign. Extremist ultra-Catholic circles pushed it to the conservative and national Law and Justice party...

Jail sentence for talking about sex in Poland

By Anka Grzywacz / 25 November, 2019

While many European countries are liberalising their restrictive laws on sexual and reproductive health, Poland is moving in the ultraconservative direction. Far-right politicians from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) want to criminalise sexuality education through its newly proposed draft law. Anyone who provides sexuality education or even discusses it...

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13 facts you need to know about gender inequality in the EU

By FEPS / 10 July, 2019
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A sustainable world: we Social Democrats will leave nobody behind!

By Frans Timmermans / 27 May, 2019

Many feel they don’t have an equal part in society and are alone in paying the costs for the transition to a more sustainable economy, environment and social model. It is time for Social-Democrats to make social sustainability a reality, because that will get the largest possible group of people...

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Spain: slow change for women’s rights

By Alazne Irigoien / 7 May, 2019

Measures in favour of more gender equality, adopted during the last ten months, have contributed to Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’ electoral success. But the issue is not off the table in Spain for years to come. This was illustrated by the image of the all-male candidates and councillors at the...

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