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War in Ukraine: women facing the scourge of gender-based violence

A war is raging in Europe. Russia’s attack on Ukraine continues. There are calls for peace negotiations. Of course, peace is important, but should it be peace at all costs? It is not just a question of the shameful occupation of the territory of a sovereign state, which the aggressor initiated on 24 February, because […]

Standing up for abortion rights is standing up for democracy

While abortion has always been a contested issue, we have recently witnessed a renewed activism aiming to erode women’s human right to control their body. The ongoing concerted action to undermine abortion laws needs to be analysed and countered decisively. Including the right to abortion in the EU Charter on Fundamental rights could be an […]

Who cares? Why we need a Care Deal for Europe

Care is the backbone of our society. As women still make the majority of carers, their choices in personal and professional life are too often limited. Care is our collective need and shared responsibility. It is time to invest massively into the holistic Care Deal for Europe and move towards an ‘equal-earners/equal-carers’ model. Care is […]

Rebutting the assaults on gender equality

Tackling gender-based violence, on which an EU directive proposal is being published today on the occasion of International Women’s Day, is key to restoring momentum to the feminist cause. On this day, it is also opportune to recall the origins of this celebration, which date back to more than a hundred years ago, when it […]

Equal pay for all!

It was the early spring of 1957, when a group of smartly dressed gentlemen were sitting at a table in Rome. After a long day of meetings, the gentlemen signed a document that laid the foundation for the future European Union: the Treaty of Rome. Most ideas that originated there have been made reality over […]

Exploited and marginalised: obstacles to integration and inclusion for migrant workers in care and agriculture

The pandemic has reminded the public that the EU relies on migrants to fill so-called ‘low-skilled’ but essential jobs and services in healthcare, food production, childcare, elderly care, and critical utilities. Migrants make up, on average, 13 per cent of the EU’s key workers. This share is almost zero in Romania, Bulgaria and Poland, but […]

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