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PACE video
Monday, June 28, 2021
Enhancing participation of women from under-represented groups in political and public decision-making
PACE called on member States to promote the participation of women from under-represented groups in political decision-making by acting at several levels, with particular emphasis on combating gender-based stereotypes and sexism, access to public...
European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen: “I felt hurt and left alone: as a woman and as a European.” Photograph: Olivier Hoslet
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
‘It happened because I am a woman’: von der Leyen speaks of Turkey snub
European Commission president blames sexism for second-rank treatment in Ankara The first female president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has blamed sexism for an incident in which she was left without a chair on a diplomatic...
PACE
Thursday, March 25, 2021
Enhancing participation of women from under-represented groups in political and public decision-making
Although significant progress has been made with regard to the participation of women in political and public decision-making in Europe, such progress is too slow and uneven. In addition, there is still a lack of participation and representation in...
For more women in politics
Thursday, March 04, 2021
For more women in politics
The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is pleased to announce an event to celebrate International Women’s Day on 8 March 2021. Entitled “For more women in politics”, an online conference will discuss women’s participation in local, regional and...
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic (left) and Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrid Simonyte (right) have both appointed gender-balanced cabinets.
Wednesday, January 06, 2021
Balkan Blog: Women's political representation or real political power?
Central and Southeast Europe now accounts for a third of the tiny number of states worldwide that have gender-balanced cabinets — but higher female representation in politics doesn’t necessarily equate to women holding real power. Two more Central...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Who is knitting Europe together? 3 smart women
By Avivah Wittenberg-Cox, Three smart women leaders in their 60’s are leading Europe to a greener, more democratic future. It took 90 hours of negotiations to corral 27 leaders of member states, a couple of populist strongmen and a few frugal...
Thursday, April 16, 2020
Women are on the frontline of the COVID19 pandemic. Social Democrats call for EU action to support them!
The coronavirus pandemic deepens existing inequalities in our societies. It exposes an increasing number of women to gender-based violence. It is putting an additional burden on women who are disproportionally represented in professions where the...
Monday, December 02, 2019
Women are doing better in European politics, but still not well enough
Ursula von der Leyen will be the first woman to chair the European Commission and will do it with the most gender-balanced college ever, but even though the participation of women in politics has improved in the EU, it is still not enough. The new...
Friday, September 27, 2019
European Parliament Elections 2019: towards parity democracy in Europe
This policy paper aims to reconsider the concept of parity democracy in the current context of the EU and focusing on the elections to the EP in May 2019. As developed in the Athens Declaration, adopted at the European Summit of Women in Power in...
Friday, September 27, 2019
Women in the European Parliament
While the European Parliament stands for gender equality, women continue to be under-represented in politics and public life at local, national and European level, as shown by recent data. Over the years, the percentage of female MEPs has increased...
Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Women gaining ground in political decision-making in the UNECE region, but gender equality still a long way off
Tackling inequality between women and men in the sharing of power and decision-making at all levels is essential to strengthen democracy and achieve peace and sustainable development. Back in 1995, this was identified as one of twelve critical areas...
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Does exposure to gender role models increase women’s political ambition? A field experiment with politicians
There is a persistent gender gap in motivations to run for political office. While exposure to role models is widely believed to increase women’s political ambition, there is little field experimental evidence on whether exposure to female...
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Women in politics deterred by structural barriers, study finds
Issues around sexism and work-life balance contribute to the dearth of women in politics, a new study has found. The study, conducted by researchers at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the University of Zurich and...
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Ursula von der Leyen elected first female European commission president
Ursula von der Leyen has been confirmed as the European commission’s first female president and the first German in the job for more than 50 years. In a secret ballot, MEPs voted narrowly to support the German defence minister as a replacement for...
Monday, July 15, 2019
A web of abuse: How the far right disproportionately targets female politicians
Abuse of female politicians is rife online - and much of it is being directed by established far-right groups and figures, a Newsnight investigation has found. Female politicians across Europe have been targeted with threatening and misogynist...
Thursday, July 11, 2019
Engaging young people and women in European Parliament elections
This Discussion Paper puts together relevant data on the inclusion of young people and women in European Parliament elections. It is focused on two pitfalls of EU electoral democracy: voter absenteeism on the part of young people, and the under-...
Friday, July 05, 2019
Women to head top EU institutions for first time
Two women have won the backing of the EU’s leaders to head the European commission and European Central Bank, breaking with more than 60 years of male dominance at the top of the bloc’s institutions. After three days of tortuous negotiations,...
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...

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