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Women in Politics

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Spotlight on Women in Politics

With the 2019 European elections fast approaching, the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) is focusing its International Women’s Day event on the theme of women in politics, highlighting the contribution women have already made and urging more women to get involved, both as voters and as candidates. Continue reading

Empowering Women requires Women in Power

Written by Rosamund Shreeves, As the British historian, Mary Beard, highlighted this week, although women now sit alongside men in parliaments and government, powerful women – and the association of women with power – continue to elicit strong, negative reactions. For a telling illustration, Beard cites the use of Greek mythological imagery to depict the … Continue reading

Women in parliaments

This ‘Women in parliaments’ infographic provides information on the proportion of women in national parliaments, compares representation of women in national parliaments with their numbers in the European Parliament and shows the number of women in the EP by political group. Continue reading

The road to gender equality: achievements and challenges

Written by Rosamund Shreeves, With its roots in early 20th century women’s activism and subsequent take-up by the United Nations, International Women’s Day is a moment for putting the spotlight on women’s achievements and taking stock of progress towards gender equality. From this perspective, 2015 is a pivotal year. At a global level, it marks … Continue reading

2014: a great year in European politics? A great year on the EPRS Think Tank Blog

Written by Clare Ferguson 2014 was an interesting year for us at the EPRS. Debate on all things European broke out all over, with the European elections in May, a new European Commission, and increasingly vocal arguments for and against integration, independence, immigration and invigoration of the EU economy. Not surprisingly then, our top posts … Continue reading

Historical Archives – 2014 at a glance

Written by Alexandra Devantier 2014 was an exciting year of rebranding and new visibility for the Historical Archives (formerly known as Archive and Documentation Centre, CARDOC), now part of the European Parliamentary Research Services. Through publications, events, exhibitions and info sessions we bring the fascinating world of our archives closer to all those willing to learn more about the … Continue reading

European Parliament: Facts and Figures

Written by Giulio Sabbati, Updated on 25.10.2019 This Briefing, published by the European Parliamentary Research Service, is designed to provide key facts and figures about the European Parliament, both in the 2019 to 2024 parliamentary term now starting – and in the eight previous terms since direct elections were introduced in June 1979. On the … Continue reading

L’élection de Simone Veil

Simone Veil et les 1ères élections directes du PE En juin 1979 pour la première fois les citoyens des neuf pays membres élisent au suffrage universel direct leurs députés européens. Le scrutin de liste nationale “à la proportionnelle” adopté en France est propice à l’intégration des femmes sur les listes proposées par les partis. Le … Continue reading

50/50 formula – gender balance

Equality between women and men is one of the European Union’s main values and reaches back to 1957 when the principle of equal pay for equal work became part of the Treaty of Rome. The European Union’s efforts in fostering gender balance have helped to change the lives of many Europeans for the better. Although … Continue reading

Europe’s first women

Before direct elections to the European Parliament, when members were delegates of their national parliaments, female representation was marginal. Only 31 women were members from 1952 until the first elections in 1979 (see list). The number of women may have been small, but they were powerful. Some chaired committees (Chairs and Vice-Chairs) like the Committee … Continue reading

Stereotyping women? – In Focus

Could some of the many gender-related issues originate from stereotyping of women? How could society change its reliance on out-dated stereotypes, coming from tradition or the media, traditional ways of thinking, or some cultural traditions that originate in ages past? The EP is trying to find answers to these questions while tackling global gender-related issues. … Continue reading

Female Political Representation – the use of Electoral Gender Quotas

Written by Irene Hennigan In almost 100 countries throughout the world, parties and parliaments have responded to growing national and international pressure to increase women’s political representation by introducing electoral gender quotas. Those in favour of gender quotas believe it is an effective tool for ‘fast tracking’ the achievement of gender balance in political institutions, … Continue reading

Women in politics, business and public administration in the EU

The EU-28 average share of women occupying ministerial positions in national politics reached 25% in 2013, increasing from 19% in 2005. Furthermore in 2013, women represent 32% of the College in the European Commission. For most countries, women’s presence in the European Parliament is higher than in national assemblies. The EU-28 share of female members … Continue reading

Women in politics

Only 120 years ago women first gained the right to vote in national elections, and actually New Zealand was the pioneer. To celebrate this anniversary, a special event will be held from 27 to 29 November 2013 at the European Parliament in Brussels. Women in Parliaments Global Forum and the European Parliament have joined forces … Continue reading

Girls’ education in Pakistan – Malala Yousafzai

6 language versions available in PDF format Bildung von Mädchen in Pakistan – Malala Yousafzai La educación de las niñas en Pakistán – Malala Yousafzai L’éducation des jeunes filles au Pakistan – Malala Yousafzaï Istruzione delle ragazze in Pakistan – Malala Yousafzai Edukacja dziewcząt w Pakistanie – Malala Yousafzai Girls’ education in Pakistan – Malala … Continue reading

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