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Between Westminster and Brussels: Putting the “Parliament” in parliamentary ethnography (Cambridge University Press)
Friday, August 12, 2022
Between Westminster and Brussels: Putting the “Parliament” in parliamentary ethnography
Gender and politics scholars are increasingly making appeals to ethnographic methodology to bring important contributions to understand the reproduction of gender, gender hierarchies, gendered relations, and their redress in parliamentary settings....
Women on Board - European Parliament
Thursday, June 09, 2022
Women on boards: deal to boost gender balance in companies
40% of non-executive director posts should go to the under-represented sex  Dissuasive penalties for non-compliance  Small and medium-sized enterprises with up to 249 employees will be excluded  After being blocked in the Council for a decade,...
(Left to right) Denmark PM Mette Frederiksen, Finland PM Sanna Marin, France President Élisabeth Borne and Hungary President Katalin Novak | Commons
Wednesday, June 01, 2022
How women have come to hold the top post in 13 out of 45 countries in Europe
European countries began electing women in top posts from the late 1970s, though the first woman to head a government in the world was Sri Lanka's PM Sirimavo Bandaranaike. As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its fourth month, and Europe faces its ‘...
Newly-appointed French PM Elisabeth Borne attends a handover ceremony in Paris, on May 16, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Women in power across Europe
PARIS (AFP) - Elisabeth Borne, a 61-year-old engineer, was named French prime minister on Monday (May 16), becoming only the second woman to hold the position after Edith Cresson, a Socialist, who lasted less than a year in the job in the early...
More Representation But Not Influence: Women in the European Parliament - Credits: GMFUS
Tuesday, February 01, 2022
More representation but not influence: women in the European Parliament
Representing more than 447 million people across 27 countries, the European Parliament should be the poster child for the European Union’s “united in diversity” motto. However, the representation of women in the parliament and its key positions...
Women in politics: local and European trends - Credits: CEMR
Thursday, January 20, 2022
Women in politics: local and European trends
The primary objective of this 2019 CEMR study on women in politics is to evaluate the progression of women’s representation in decision-making over a ten-year period and to present an overview of the current situation. The study aims to mobilise...
La candidata del PPE, Roberta Metsola, será elegida este martes presidenta de la Eurocámara. Créditos: Europa Press
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Malta’s Roberta Metsola elected EU Parliament's third woman president
Centre-right Maltese lawmaker Roberta Metsola, chosen Tuesday as only the third woman to head the European Parliament, is viewed as a political moderate despite controversy over her anti-abortion stance. Elected on the day she turns 43, the...
EU leaders pose during a group photo at an EU summit in Brussels, Oct. 21, 2021/Copyright  AP Photo/Olivier Matthys
Thursday, December 02, 2021
Women in power: How many European countries have female leaders?
Magdalena Andersson has become Sweden's first female prime minister. But she is among the minority: there are just five other women leading their countries in the European Union: Finland's Sanna Marin; Estonia's Kaja Kallas; Lithuania's Ingrida...
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...

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