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 only 18% of full professors are women. And only 9% of universities have a women at the top of the organisation. For more statistics, see the European Commission’s SHE figures.
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Inequalities between men and women are not adequately addressed in aid programmes for countries of the former Soviet Union, a new study has concluded.
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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 women among ministers in national governments by around three to one. About 24 percent of them are women and 76 percent are men.
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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 the long list of candidates, none is seen as a frontrunner.Failure to name a women to a top job could undermine the EU's efforts to present itself as dynamic and modern and to win over sceptical Europeans who, opinion polls show, widely regard it as out of touch with their daily lives.
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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 rights and gender equality perspective in all European social and economic policies, including strands of the Europe2020 Strategy and to make sure that in the context of the negotiations of the new Multi Annual Framework 2014+, adequate and sustainable funding is allocated to activities related to human... Read more
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 (S&D, DE) pointed to the tough struggle to get the gender aspect into the cohesion policy horizontally. "Unless we really make an effort and implement it we will not see any changes", she stressed, adding that in 2015 or 2016 the same debate would start over again.
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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.
Currently women hold 35% of the seats in the EP. The European Parliament had had 13 president, and only two of those have been women.
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4 Mar 2012 - Despite pushes from international bodies such as the United Nations (UN) or the European Union (EU) to promote gender equality in Central and Eastern Europe, access to funding for such initiatives remains largely conditional upon national governments’ willingness to embrace this agenda.
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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 women are still under-represented throughout the EU. After the first European Elections of 1979, 16.3 per cent of MEPs were women. This percentage rose to 26.1 per cent in 1994, 30.19 per cent in 1999 and 30.3 per cent in 2004.
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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 and 40 percent by 2020, MEPs said in Strasbourg in a non-binding recommendation. If voluntary measures to increase female representation fail to work by next year, then the European Commission must table legislation to make it binding, they added.
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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. In this paper, already known as the "Declaration of Cadiz", the European leaders have pledged to work to make gender equality a priority on the political agendas of Member States and of the EU and to intensify their efforts to identify and address the obstacles which prevent, impede, or limit the... Read more
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, researchers have shown that although many young people are increasingly shunning traditional forms of political involvement, suchas voting and political party membership, instead they are turning to more direct methods such as volunteering and protest. Despite evidence that young people in newer... Read more
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 first female head of state.
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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 the leader of a party, and all parties are currently led by men.
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This report describes a collaborative project between the Center for Russian, Central and East European Studies at Rutgers University; the Information Center on Women’s Organizations and Initiatives (OSKA) in Poland; and the Kharkiv Center for Women’s Studies (KCWS) in Ukraine. The project's goal was to build the capacities of women’s groups in Poland and Ukraine to organize, articulate, and advocate for their policy-related interests. This report describes objectives, results achieved, and lessons learned from the project. Read more
20 Mar 2012 - When the Kosovar government released its ambassadorial nominations last fall, there was a glaring omission — no women were on the list. A group of women members of parliament (MPs) protested at a news conference, which led the government to increase the number of women nominees to one-third.
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Human Dimension Seminars are organized by the OSCE/ODIHR in accordance with the decisions of the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE) Summits in Helsinki (1992) and Budapest (1994). The 2011 Human Dimension Seminar will be devoted to The Role of Political Parties in the Political Process. Online registration for all participants is available at: http://meetings.odihr.pl. Participants wishing to attend are requested to register by Wednesday, 4 May 2011. For more information please visit osce.org Read more
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 and becoming the third-strongest force in the new parliament. Grodzka, 57, born as Krzysztof, underwent a sex-change procedure in 2010 and claims to be the world’s first transgender parliamentarian. Grodzka’s political rise is even more surprising given that she topped the party’s list in Krakow, a... Read more
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.
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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 better in school. The report cites the undervaluation of jobs dominated by women as a major contributor to the widening pay gap.
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