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Women in local and regional government

07-03-2019

Local and regional institutions are vital for women's empowerment, being both the level of governance responsible for service delivery and a potential stepping-stone to a public office career at national and European level. Nevertheless, data show that it is not always easy for women to participate in local or regional government structures. The European Union has been a staunch advocate of women's participation in decision-making at all levels of governance.

Local and regional institutions are vital for women's empowerment, being both the level of governance responsible for service delivery and a potential stepping-stone to a public office career at national and European level. Nevertheless, data show that it is not always easy for women to participate in local or regional government structures. The European Union has been a staunch advocate of women's participation in decision-making at all levels of governance.

Women in politics in the EU: State of play

01-03-2019

Exactly one hundred years after women won the vote or were first elected to parliament in some EU countries, the data show that women continue to be under-represented in politics and public life, in the European Parliament, national parliaments and governments, and local assemblies. The arguments for gender balance in politics are numerous, and benefit not only women and female politicians, but also parties themselves and the rest of society. After all, women form half the population and need to ...

Exactly one hundred years after women won the vote or were first elected to parliament in some EU countries, the data show that women continue to be under-represented in politics and public life, in the European Parliament, national parliaments and governments, and local assemblies. The arguments for gender balance in politics are numerous, and benefit not only women and female politicians, but also parties themselves and the rest of society. After all, women form half the population and need to be better represented in power structures. However, there is now solid evidence both of obstacles and of the strategies that are effective when it comes to increasing women's participation and representation. Here, political parties and the media can be both barriers and important enablers. The EU has committed to achieving a gender balance in political representation and participation as a matter of justice, equality and democracy. Concrete recommendations have been made for achieving this goal, including specific action that could be taken by the EU institutions, national governments, political parties, civil society and the media. In the run-up to the European elections in May 2019, new mandates in the Commission and European Council, and the end of the EU's current strategy for gender equality, there is a particular focus on how a better gender balance (at least 40 %) or gender parity (50 %), could be achieved in the next Parliament and for other high-level posts in the EU institutions, and how the EU and its Member States can move towards true parity democracy.

Women in politics: A global perspective

28-02-2019

Fair representation of women in political life has a positive impact on gender mainstreaming in various policies. The United Nations has set a dedicated target within the sustainable development goals dealing specifically with women's access to leadership. The available data on the presence of women in parliaments and in governments show a positive trend, but much still remains to be done to ensure an equal presence of both genders in decision-making. The European Union supports gender equality in ...

Fair representation of women in political life has a positive impact on gender mainstreaming in various policies. The United Nations has set a dedicated target within the sustainable development goals dealing specifically with women's access to leadership. The available data on the presence of women in parliaments and in governments show a positive trend, but much still remains to be done to ensure an equal presence of both genders in decision-making. The European Union supports gender equality in politics, and the European Parliament has reaffirmed the importance of such a policy on various occasions.

Plenary round-up – Strasbourg, January I 2019

18-01-2019

Highlights of the January I plenary session included the latest debate on the future of Europe, with Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, Spain's prime minister, and a debate on the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Members also debated the reform of EU asylum and migration policy, reviewed the Austrian Council Presidency and discussed the incoming Romanian Presidency's programme. Among the subjects debated and voted, Parliament adopted positions on 12 more of the three dozen funding programmes proposed for ...

Highlights of the January I plenary session included the latest debate on the future of Europe, with Pedro Sánchez Pérez-Castejón, Spain's prime minister, and a debate on the UK's withdrawal from the EU. Members also debated the reform of EU asylum and migration policy, reviewed the Austrian Council Presidency and discussed the incoming Romanian Presidency's programme. Among the subjects debated and voted, Parliament adopted positions on 12 more of the three dozen funding programmes proposed for the 2021-2027 period, enabling negotiations with the Council to be launched on each proposal as and when the latter has agreed its position.

Gender Mainstreaming in der EU – Aktueller Stand

10-01-2019

Als die EU das sogenannte Gender Mainstreaming als offizielles politisches Konzept im Hinblick auf die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter annahm, galt es als potenziell revolutionäres Mittel, um schneller Fortschritte zu erzielen und eine tatsächliche Gleichstellung von Männern und Frauen zu erzielen. Zwanzig Jahre später haben Bedenken hinsichtlich der zersplitterten Umsetzung in den verschiedenen Politikbereichen und Organen auf Ebene der Union und der Mitgliedstaaten weiterhin Bestand. Das Europäische ...

Als die EU das sogenannte Gender Mainstreaming als offizielles politisches Konzept im Hinblick auf die Gleichstellung der Geschlechter annahm, galt es als potenziell revolutionäres Mittel, um schneller Fortschritte zu erzielen und eine tatsächliche Gleichstellung von Männern und Frauen zu erzielen. Zwanzig Jahre später haben Bedenken hinsichtlich der zersplitterten Umsetzung in den verschiedenen Politikbereichen und Organen auf Ebene der Union und der Mitgliedstaaten weiterhin Bestand. Das Europäische Parlament bewertet regelmäßig seine eigenen Fortschritte in diesem Bereich, und bei der Plenartagung im Januar soll über einen Bericht des FEMM-Ausschusses über Gender Mainstreaming im Parlament diskutiert werden.

Updating of the Study on Gender Mainstreaming in Committees and Delegations of the European Parliament

15-11-2018

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the FEMM Committee, provides an update of a previous study published in 2014. It is meant to assess to what extent the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) of the European Parliament contributed to the effective implementation of gender mainstreaming in the European Parliament activities between July 2017 and July 2018.

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament’s Policy Department for Citizens’ Rights and Constitutional Affairs at the request of the FEMM Committee, provides an update of a previous study published in 2014. It is meant to assess to what extent the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM) of the European Parliament contributed to the effective implementation of gender mainstreaming in the European Parliament activities between July 2017 and July 2018.

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Manuela Samek Lodovici, Daniela Loi, Flavia Pesce, Cristina Vasilescu , IRS-Istituto per la Ricerca Sociale, Italy

Women in the Western Balkans: Gender equality in the EU accession process

18-07-2018

Equality between women and men, or gender equality, is a fundamental right and a common value, recognised by the EU. It has been a component of the European integration project from its outset. Enshrined in the EU Treaties, gender equality forms part of the accession conditions with which candidate and potential candidates from the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) have to comply. Investing in gender equality ...

Equality between women and men, or gender equality, is a fundamental right and a common value, recognised by the EU. It has been a component of the European integration project from its outset. Enshrined in the EU Treaties, gender equality forms part of the accession conditions with which candidate and potential candidates from the Western Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia) have to comply. Investing in gender equality, however, is essential not only as an EU requirement, but for an equal society. Although progress has been noted in these countries as regards gender equality, more work is still required. Equal opportunities would allow EU candidate countries to better tap into the potential and skills of women, and underpin achievements in areas such as economic growth, employment and social cohesion, as well as in peace-building. As part of their preparation for an EU future, the Western Balkan countries have taken steps to advance women's rights in recent years. These include adopting or amending relevant legislation (e.g. criminal and labour laws), elaborating national strategies and action plans, and establishing institutional mechanisms to carry out and monitor relevant policies. Nevertheless, promoting gender equality is often sidelined, and the action taken in this respect is insufficient. Ensuring equality between women and men remains 'unfinished business' in a region where traditional gender roles are deep-rooted and social attitudes and lack of awareness of women's rights are at the core of the problem. This Briefing aims to highlight the EU's efforts to promote gender equality as part of EU enlargement policy, and the way the EU strives to mainstream equality across the board. It also aims to cast light on some major challenges that women face in the Western Balkans, such as their weaker roles in economy and politics, and widespread gender-based violence. This follows up the June 2017 briefing on 'Rights and empowerment of women in the Western Balkans'.

Gender Equality in the Media Sector

17-01-2018

This study examines key elements of the European policy agenda pertaining to gender equality in the media sector. It also reviews existing research on women’s representation within media content and the media workforce. The study provides analysis of actions to promote gender equality in the media sector at both the EU and Member State levels. Finally, it presents case studies of gender equality in the media in four Member States: Austria, Malta, Sweden, and the UK.

This study examines key elements of the European policy agenda pertaining to gender equality in the media sector. It also reviews existing research on women’s representation within media content and the media workforce. The study provides analysis of actions to promote gender equality in the media sector at both the EU and Member State levels. Finally, it presents case studies of gender equality in the media in four Member States: Austria, Malta, Sweden, and the UK.

Externe Autor

Katie McCracken, Director, Opcit Research Dr. Ana FitzSimons, Senior Researcher, Opcit Research Dr. Sarah Priest, Senior Researcher, Opcit Research Sylvia Girstmair Researcher, Opcit Research Professor Brenda Murphy, Professor of Gender Studies, University of Malta

Gender Perspective on Access to Energy in the EU

18-12-2017

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs, presents an overview of the situation within the EU with regard to the way energy poverty is experienced by women and men and explores through a gender lens existing EU legislation and policy to address energy poverty. Interpretation and implementation of EU legislation at national level are also investigated. Possible opportunities to ensure that policies and interventions to address ...

This study, commissioned by the European Parliament Policy Department for Citizens' Rights and Constitutional Affairs, presents an overview of the situation within the EU with regard to the way energy poverty is experienced by women and men and explores through a gender lens existing EU legislation and policy to address energy poverty. Interpretation and implementation of EU legislation at national level are also investigated. Possible opportunities to ensure that policies and interventions to address energy poverty are more gender aware are identified and discussed.

Externe Autor

Joy CLANCY, Viktoria DASKALOVA, Mariëlle FEENSTRA (University of Twente, NL), Nicolò FRANCESCHELLI, Margarita SANZ (Blomeyer & Sanz)

Umsetzung der Europäischen Strategie zugunsten von Menschen mit Behinderungen

24-11-2017

Gegenwärtig hat fast eine von sechs Personen in der EU ab einem Alter von 15 Jahren irgendeine Art von Behinderung. Da die Bevölkerung altert, ist davon auszugehen, dass diese Zahl künftig erheblich zunimmt. Im Februar 2017 hat die Europäische Kommission einen Fortschrittsbericht über die Umsetzung der Europäischen Strategie zugunsten von Menschen mit Behinderungen 2010–2020 veröffentlicht. Das Parlament wird sich voraussichtlich während seiner zweiten Plenartagung im November mit einen Initiativbericht ...

Gegenwärtig hat fast eine von sechs Personen in der EU ab einem Alter von 15 Jahren irgendeine Art von Behinderung. Da die Bevölkerung altert, ist davon auszugehen, dass diese Zahl künftig erheblich zunimmt. Im Februar 2017 hat die Europäische Kommission einen Fortschrittsbericht über die Umsetzung der Europäischen Strategie zugunsten von Menschen mit Behinderungen 2010–2020 veröffentlicht. Das Parlament wird sich voraussichtlich während seiner zweiten Plenartagung im November mit einen Initiativbericht über die Umsetzung der Strategie befassen.

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