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Thursday, October 19, 2017
Women in parliament: Assessing the effectiveness of gender quotas in Poland
Gender quotas aim to increase women’s parliamentary representation. However, the effectiveness of quotas varies. This article explores this issue further by examining the case of Poland, where gender quotas were introduced in 2011. The Polish case presents an interesting puzzle. Although the...
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
A Study of Youth Political Participation in Poland and Romania
Although perceived changes in political participation patterns amongst young people in recent years have attracted much academic research in established democracies this remains an understudied area in the newer post-communist democracies of Central and Eastern Europe. In established democracies,...
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Violence against women in politics
Highlighting news, interviews, resources and events on violence against women in politics
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Study Finds Europe's Gender Pay Gap Remains
The European Union (EU) has made almost no progress in closing the wage gap between women and men in the last decade, according to a recent report by the European Commission. Women in EU member states earn an average of 15 percent less than men, even though more women attend university and perform...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Europe: EU Not Aiding Women Enough
Inequalities between men and women are not adequately addressed in aid programmes for countries of the former Soviet Union, a new study has concluded. To read the full article, please visit IPS News
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Europe: EU Says Women Still Shut Out of Top Posts in Europe
The report, "Women and men in decision-making 2007," said the proportion of women members in parliaments in European countries is "still well below the so-called critical mass of 30 percent deemed necessary for women to exert meaningful influence on politics." According to the report, men outnumber...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Europe: Mediterranean Machos? Only Malta and Cyprus have no women MEPs
During the 2004-2009 EP legislature Malta and Cyprus were the only two out of 27 Member States without any women MEPs. Does this reflect a male-dominated Mediterranean mentality or will the trend be broken in the upcoming June elections? More than half of voters across Europe are female but...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Kosovo: Women MPs want Kosovo's Election Law changed
Women MPs have requested an amendment to the law on elections, saying they do not have fair representation. At a meeting Monday (May 25th), a bloc of female lawmakers called for changes to the current system, which is based on closed lists. Under that system, they said, voters usually support...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Europe: EU Under Pressure to Consider Women For Top Jobs
Pressure is growing on European Union leaders to appoint a woman as the bloc's president or foreign affairs chief and break the male grip on its top jobs.EU leaders hope to decide who will fill the post at a summit in Brussels on Thursday but although several women are widely thought to be on...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
European Union: European women in power sign Cadiz declaration
After their meeting in Cadiz, organized by the Spanish Presidency of the European Union, the EU women ministers and political leaders have signed a joint document which is a statement of principles, objectives and termination of the current reality of the situation of women in public life....
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Kosovo: Kosovo gets first woman president
In an unprecedented development, the main political parties in Kosovo have joined together and agreed on a new president.Their choice was the deputy director of the Kosovo police, General Major Atifete Jahjaga. Following parliament's vote Thursday evening (April 7th), she becomes Kosovo's...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Europe: Gender mainstreaming will make Europe more competitive
European Parliament MEPs demanded that gender mainstreaming must be implemented in the EU cohesion policy in a mini-hearing with external experts on Gender Mainstreaming in the EU Cohesion Policy organised by the Committee on Regional Development on Tuesday, 13 April 2011. Constanze Krehl (...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Europe: European Women's Lobby priorities for upcoming Polish Presidency
The European Women’s Lobby (EWL), calls on the Polish Presidency to continue to be a driving force for women’s rights in Europe and, in particular, to ensure progress in the adoption of gender-related legislation which is currently on the table, to ensure the full integration of a women’s...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
European Union: EU Parliament backs female quotas
The European Parliament on Wednesday (6 July) advised EU businesses to hire women in their executive boards by next year or face a mandatory quota of 40 percent modelled on the Norwegian experience. Women should make up 30 percent of top management in the largest listed EU companies by 2015...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Poland: first women elected as a speaker of the Parliament
Ewa Kopacz had become Poland’s first woman who has been elected as Speaker of the Sejm (Polish Parliament- lower house) A candidate for the Civic Platform party led by Prime Minister Donald Tusk, Kopacz, a pediatrician, won 300 votes out of  the 453. To read the complete article in...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Poland: First transsexual member of the Polish parliament
The first transsexual member of the Polish parliament will be sworn in today. Anna Grodzka represents the Palikot movement, a new, anti-clerical political force that scored a major surprise in this strongly Catholic nation by winning 10 percent of the vote in the October parliamentary elections ...
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Europe: Lack of gender balance in European Parliament
The members of the European Parliament will vote on 17 January on who should be their president for the next 30 months. Although the Parliament is fond of speaking about democracy, its internal procedures are not transparent, and women are still largely absent from its leading positions....
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Europe: Universities need more women, gender balance at the top
European universities are failing in the way they use human resources. Women are underrepresented at the top levels of academia, and there are good reasons to think that this damages universities. In the 27 countries making up the European Union, 59% of university graduates are women, but...