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women’s participation in politics

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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

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

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

Women and fisheries in the European Union

In most fishing communities, women play a key role in fisheries and in maintaining households and communities. Yet, they remain largely invisible, and their roles unacknowledged. In Europe, over 100,000 women are statistically recorded as being employed in the fisheries sector; however it is still hard to measure their contribution. Statistics overlook women who work … Continue reading

The situation of women and gender-specific violence in India

The gang rape and murder of a young woman in Delhi in December 2012 triggered mass protests and a worldwide debate about violence against women in India. Some laws are insufficient, but most commentators agree that the lack of security for women is mainly down to failure to punish rapists and other perpetrators of violence. … Continue reading

A gender-specific database on numbers of men and women in decision-making positions

Studies from various countries show that institutions / enterprises with a better balance of gender at top levels can deliver stronger organisational or financial performance. The existence of a business case is increasingly recognised and it has also been recently supported by the McKinsey study “Women Matter” (2012); the Lord Davies of Abresoch report “Women … Continue reading

First women in governments

Three years ago Monaco became the last country in the world to have a woman among the members of its government. This marked an important step on women’s path to full participation in politics, which, as far as the executive branch is concerned, started during World War I when the first women became members of … Continue reading

Women in Parliament, a historical view

Even in those parts of the world in which women’s quest for equality has been most successful, it took a long time before they began to hold any political positions. The first countries to accept women’s suffrage – generally defined as the combination of the right to vote and the right to run for office, … Continue reading

Quotas in politics

Quotas in politics may be defined as an affirmative measure which establishes a fixed percentage for the nomination or representation of a specific group. They are generally used to increase the participation of this group in decision-making positions and most often take the form of a “critical minimum”, such as 20, 30 or 40 per … Continue reading

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