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Monday, June 03, 2019
Record number of women become MEPs – but men still dominate
More women have been elected to the European parliament than ever before but men still account for 60% of MEPs, according to an early analysis of the European election results. The proportion of female MEPs has increased slightly from 36% five years...
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Women gaining ground in the European Parliament
The number of women members of the European Parliament has doubled since direct elections were first held in 1979 but they still remain the minority, particularly in the top jobs. Women made up just 16 percent of the 1979 parliament; in today’s...
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Europe’s missing women leaders
By Corinna Horst, The European Union has a woman problem. The bloc has never had a female president of the European Commission or European Council. And just two presidents of the European Parliament have been women — Simone Veil, who served from...
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
The gender gap at EU elections
Women across Europe don’t tend to vote as much in European elections, compared with men, posing questions on the growing gender gap in both politics and representation in the European Parliament. Data, based on the European parliament’s 2014 post-...
Friday, December 28, 2018
How female candidates and leaders are flipping the script on gender
By Eva Barboni, For years, women candidates have been advised to downplay their gender, to dress in a gender-neutral way, and to avoid talking too much about “women’s issues.” In many cases, this was the right strategy. With public opinion still...
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Sexism, harassment and violence against women in parliaments in Europe
This regional study seeks to take the initial findings of a 2016 IPU report further, focusing specifically on the situation in parliaments in Europe. It is the result of close collaboration between the IPU and the Parliamentary Assembly of the...
Thursday, August 10, 2017
Paper on Women’s Political Parties in Europe
This paper considers the emergence of women’s parties, their nature, and development in a comparative framework. Using an original dataset derived from European electoral commissions, statistical offices, national libraries, media archives, party...
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Regional conference for Central and Eastern Europe: Making laws work to end violence against women and girls
As part of its programme to support parliaments in addressing all forms of violence against women, the Inter-Parliamentary Union is organizing jointly with the Romanian Chamber of Deputies, along with Global Rights for Women and Vital Voices, a...
Friday, December 16, 2016
ExCHANGE - Activists across the Atlantic cracking the glass ceiling
From November 30 to December 2 leading activists in the field of women in politics from Europe and the US came together to jointly strategise around how we can get more women into elected office. With the rise of right-wing populism on both sides of...
Friday, December 16, 2016
When the going gets tough, the tough #getcracking
We are sharing the annual message from the Secretary General of the European Women’s Lobby, Joanna Maycock. Dear EWL Friends and Family, Let me begin by stating the obvious…This has been one hell of a year.  From Brexit, to the US elections, to the...
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
The Glass Ceiling
By Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Union Commission for the European Union Budget and Human Resources   Theresa May and Angela Merkel got there first, but like many in Europe, I was moved when Hillary Clinton stood up and...
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
The Glass Ceiling
By Kristalina Georgieva, Vice-President of the European Union Commission for the European Union Budget and Human Resources   Theresa May and Angela Merkel got there first, but like many in Europe, I was moved when Hillary Clinton stood up and...
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Report on Gender Mainstreaming in the work of the European Parliament
Gender mainstreaming has been embraced internationally as a strategy towards realizing gender equality. Gender mainstreaming has a double dimension: it requires both integrating a gender perspective to the content of the different policies, and...
Friday, May 20, 2016
Handbook on European non-discrimination law
2010 marked the 60th anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights, which sets out a general prohibition on discrimination in its Article 14, and the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the two fundamental texts in the fight against...
Tuesday, May 03, 2016
European Enlargement and Women's Rights
The European Women’s Lobby task force for Central European, Baltic and Balkan States, together with Kvinna Till Kvinna’s Western Balkans Group, organized on the past 25 April in Brussels, a joint meeting to discuss the challenges for women’s rights...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Report on Equality between Women and Men 2015
Equality between women and men is one of the EU’s fundamental values and its promotion is an obligation enshrined in the Treaty. To fulfil this obligation, the European Commission adopted the 2010-2015 Strategy for equality between women and men as...
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
European Commission's Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019
Promoting gender equality is a core activity for the EU: equality between women and men is a fundamental EU value, an EU objective and a driver for economic growth. The Union shall aim to promote equality between men and women in all its activities...
Friday, April 08, 2016
EWL Webinar 'Women and the Environment: What's the link?'
As part of its Year of Action on Beijing+20, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) held its first webinar on the issue of women and the environment, to celebrate World Environment Day in June. Five inspiring presenters were invited to bring different...