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  • Gender equality at a premium

    by Caroline Galea
    Just as we were celebrating the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, a proposal and a court ruling once again stirred up the never-ending debate regarding gender discrimination.
    The first event centred on an announcement made a couple of weeks ago that revealed the European Commission’s intentions to make concrete proposals for a radical shake-up in the boardroom compositions of Europe’s most important and significant corporations.
    Spearheading this reform is (...) Read more

  • Day 11- Women’s Activism in Europe

    Europe has long considered itself the center of the world, as evidenced by most maps. And while the cultures, languages, foods and peoples of Europe are very diverse, they do not compare to the diversity of cultures and peoples in Africa and Asia, or the former diversity of Latin America. Europeans, over the course of history, have inflicted a painful history of imperialism, colonialism, persecution and war on the rest of the world. Today we will meet some European women who are both (...) Read more

  • International Women’s Day — Debate; Baroness Massey of Darwen speaks

    My Lords, it is with great pleasure and pride that I follow the noble Baroness, Lady Heyhoe Flint, in the batting order. I congratulate her on her sparkling maiden speech and welcome her to your Lordships’ House.
    She and I met years ago on a cricket pitch-Lancashire v Warwickshire-and I have admired her sporting achievements for years. She is involved not only in international cricket but in international hockey, and she is a keen golfer and squash player. She is vice-president of (...) Read more

  • More than just car insurance !

    by Ivan Mifsud’s
    On 1 March 2011 the Court of Justice of the European Union (EUCJ) decided Case C-236/09; a preliminary reference case dealing with equal treatment in the insurance industry. Maybe I am mistaken, if so, whoever reads this article is free to correct me, but it seems to have come across in the media as a blow to women who are now going to have to pay higher car insurance premiums. Women may have been charged less insurance premium, prior to this judgement, because they were (...) Read more

  • 100 Years of International Women’s Day - U.N. Women: out of the chaos a new order emerges

    By Annette Lawson
    Tourists walk past the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in this file picture. At left is the U.N. General Assembly building and at right is the U.N. Secretariat building. REUTERS/Mike Segar Annette Lawson is chair of National Alliance of Women’s Organisations in Britain. She has an OBE for services to diversity and is founder and Chair of The Judith Trust, which works for better lives for people with both learning disabilities and mental illness needs. The (...) Read more

  • EU calls for gender balance on company boards

    by Martha Moss
    The EU has indicated it could press for legally binding quotas to increase the number of women on company boards.
    In a joint article for the Parliament Magazine, commission vice-president for justice Viviane Reding and parliament president Jerzy Buzek said quotas could help "shatter the glass ceiling" for women.
    Writing ahead of international women’s day on 8 March, they highlight figures showing that only one in 10 board members in the EU, and only three per cent of chief (...) Read more

  • Full protection

    The European protection order is an important step towards the protection of female victims of male violence, writes Rosa Fernández Sansa.
    Last year, the Spanish EU council presidency put forward a ground-breaking policy initiative which for the first time offered a European legal dimension to the fight against the gender violence that affects some 45 per cent of women in Europe. The European protection order (EPO) is designed to protect victims of violence across the EU, including female (...) Read more

  • Women in politics

    Parliament’s president Jerzy Buzek is spearheading calls for electoral quotas to improve women’s participation in politics. Martin Banks reports.
    It started on 9 March 1911 in just a handful of European countries and observed by a few thousand people. But, last week, the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day was commemorated by millions and with events all round the world, including a high-profile conference in parliament around the theme “women in politics”. In an opening address, (...) Read more

  • Cut it out

    The EU needs binding legislation to crack down on violence against women, argues Rada Boric, a member of the EWL Executive Committee.
    On 8 March 2011, the people of Europe and the world celebrate the 100th international women’s day. On this occasion, the EU also marks one year since the adoption of council conclusions calling on the European commission to develop a comprehensive strategy to tackle widespread violence against women. For the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) and its members across (...) Read more

  • Mixed reaction to ECJ ruling on women’s car insurance

    The insurance industry condemned a landmark European court ruling that insurers cannot charge different premiums to men and women because of their gender. The ECJ decision means that women can no longer be charged lower car insurance premiums than men, and the cost of buying a pensions annuity will change. In its ruling, the ECJ said, “Taking the gender of the insured individual into account as a risk factor in insurance contracts constitutes discrimination.” The ECJ upheld the opinion of its (...) Read more


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