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Women in the maritime community – Closing a gender gap as wide as the ocean?

Onshore professions taken up by women include work in ship inspection, port services, logistics, research, legal and accounting services, ship classification and marine insurance. In comparison, few women are to be found among seafarers and most of these work in support services on ferries and cruise ships. Continue reading

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

Pregnant women at work [What Europe does for you]

Pregnancy is a special time when you need to take particular care of yourself and the baby inside you. If you are well, you may want to work right up until the day you give birth, in which case you can expect your working conditions to be adjusted to ensure your safety and that of your unborn child. Continue reading

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Leave no woman behind

Written by Ingeborg Odink and Rosamund Shreeves,  According to the UN, an estimated one in five women worldwide live with disabilities and the prevalence of disability is actually higher among women than men (19.2 versus 12 %). Women and girls with disabilities are also among the most vulnerable and marginalised, because of the multiple and intersecting … 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

Gender pay gap

Written by Cristina Cardarelli and Ulla Jurviste, Despite consistent efforts over decades across Europe, according to recent studies today women are still paid on average 16% less than men per hour of work. The gender pay gap (GPG) is the difference between men’s and women’s pay, expressed as a percentage of male earnings. It is … Continue reading

International Women’s Day 2017 – Empowering women in the EU and beyond

Written by Rosamund Shreeves (EPRS) and Gaby Umbach (Globalstat), Graphics by Christian Dietrich and Giulio Sabbati. To mark this year’s International Women’s Day, the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) will join the European Commission, UN Women, the OECD, members of national parliaments and activists from Europe and across the world, … Continue reading

Gender equality: EU challenges and policies [What Think Tanks are thinking]

Written by Marcin Grajewski, Equality between women and men is one of the European Union’s founding values. Under the “Strategic engagement for gender equality 2016-2019” policy plan, the EU seeks to increase female labour-market participation, reduce the gender pay gap, promote equality between women and men in decision-making, fight gender-based violence, and promote gender equality … Continue reading

Female radicalisation and violent extremism

Written by Anja Radjenovic, Radicalisation and violent extremism that lead to terrorist attacks are a serious threat both to countries’ security and to their citizens. Although both phenomena often concern male perpetrators, the recent rise in European female fighters recruited by terrorist organisations, notably ISIL/Da’esh, shows the need to consider the role of women when … Continue reading

International Women’s Day: Highlighting the interconnections between global and local

Written by Rosamund Shreeves, From its roots in early 20th century women’s activism, International Women’s Day – 8th March – has become a time for celebrating women’s achievements and a time to measure and commit to parity, both globally and in our own European region, countries and communities. The interconnections between the global and the … Continue reading

Gender aspects of migration and asylum in the EU: An overview

Written by Rosamund Shreeves, Graphics: Christian Dietrich, Against a background of huge worldwide displacement, the EU is currently facing a surge in the number of people arriving in search of international protection. One aspect of this massive movement of people that is beginning to come under the spotlight is its gender dimension. Men and women … Continue reading

Women and domestic work in the EU

Written by Ulla Jurviste and Irene Penas Dendariena, Domestic work , as defined in the ILO Convention (2011), is work performed in or for a household or households;  domestic worker – a person engaged in domestic work within an employment relationship. A person who performs domestic work only occasionally or sporadically and not on an occupational basis … Continue reading

The gender dimension of human trafficking

Written by Sofija Voronova and Anja Radjenovic Human trafficking is a serious crime and a violation of human rights. It is on the rise due to increasing mobility, the development of new technologies and the generally low risks and high profit involved. Data on the prevalence of this crime show that the majority of its … Continue reading

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Written by Rosamund Shreeves On this year’s International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, this 25 November, crisis and conflict are more than ever on our minds – and on the political agenda. As recent research from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) highlights, conflict and displacement exacerbate violence against vulnerable groups, including women. … Continue reading

Trafficking in Women

Written by Anja Radjenovic Trafficking in persons for the purpose of any form of exploitation is a serious crime and a violation of human rights. According to the UNOCD Report on Trafficking in Persons women and girls account for 70 per cent of detected trafficking victims worldwide. This is due to the fact that the … Continue reading

Trends in female employment

Written by Monika Kiss Statistics and research results show that over the past decade, despite the economic and financial downturn, the EU’s labour market has witnessed an increase in women’s employment rates. Women’s employment seems to be more resilient to the economic crisis then men’s. This is partly due to long-term developments and institutional framework … Continue reading

Development financing and gender equality – a virtuous circle

Written by Rosamund Shreeves Read more: Gender-responsive budgeting: Innovative approaches to budgeting, June 2015 Evaluation of the Beijing Platform for Action +20 and the Opportunities for Achieving Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, March 2015 The European Year for Development: Women and Girls, February 2015 European Development Fund: Joint … Continue reading

Women in science and research

Written by Ulla Jurviste and Anna Stull In 1999, the European Commission issued the communication “Women and Science: mobilising women to enrich European research” , which aims to promote equal opportunities in research activities in the EU. This was the first step towards a gender equality policy in the field. Since then, progress has been and is … Continue reading

Women and education in the EU

Written by Ulla Jurviste, Martina Prpic, Eulalia Claros Gender equality in education is guaranteed by law in EU Member States, so the issues are far more complex than simply that of gaining access to education for girls, as remains the problem in many developing countries. Yet despite the legal equality in the EU, inequalities persist … Continue reading

Reconciling work and private life

A balanced work and private life is important for a healthy workplace. Research shows that employees with higher levels of work-family conflict suffer up to 12 times more often from burnout and can experience up to three times more depression or other psychological problems as workers with a better work-life balance. To create a more … Continue reading

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