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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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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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Young women to sweep Social Democrats back in force

By Alazne Irigoien / 25 February, 2019

Standing up for young women could make a difference in the upcoming elections. Putting women and gender equality at the centre of EU politics, adopting social policies with a strong gender perspective and implementing gender balance systematically would help to achieve the objective of “a Europe of gender equality and...

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Gender parity beyond numbers

By Agnès Hubert / 19 February, 2019

Having an equal number of women and men in decision making positions is necessary but not sufficient to ensure the equal right of women to leadership. We also have to consider parity democracy as a condition for democracy and not a consequence.   No one in the progressive political parties...

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The Polish left and the Poland’s women’s fight for survival

By Krystyna Kacpura / 28 October, 2018

Polish women are literally fighting for their lives. The present women’s movement in Poland, illustrated by the Black Protests, represents a challenge to the right-wing government and anti-gender groups who mobilise against policies of equality, women’s reproductive rights and anti-discrimination. It is also an opportunity for the Left to come...

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Ireland…Finally

By Lizzie O’Shea / 28 October, 2018

On 25 May 2018, when Irish voters flocked to support the repeal of the 8th Amendment to the constitution, the women of Ireland won reproductive rights that had been taken from them three decades prior. They also provided inspiration to women fighting for their rights all around the world. Reproductive...

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#Metoo: From hashtag, to movement, to systemic solutions to combat sexual harassment

By Zita Gurmai / 26 July, 2018

Sexual harassment has been present in the lives of women forever, but has always been treated as something unspoken, private and shameful. Last year, the #metoo uproar showed the world what feminists have known for decades. Two women involved in politics, PES Women’s President Zita Gurmai & Vice-President Marja Bijl,...

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#MeToo: From social campaign to social change?

By Laeticia Thissen / 23 July, 2018

‘Me Too’: These are the two words responsible for the shockwave that has reverberated around the world for the past few months. The ‘silence breakers’ – women who spoke out about abuse, assault and rape – were even named as the “person of the year” for 2017 by Time magazine....

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