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  • Gender equality: MEPs work on strategy to offer men and women the same opportunities

    Gender equality: MEPs work on strategy to offer men and women the same opportunities

    [News of the European Parliament, Brussels, 14 October 2014]
    With the glass ceiling far from shattered and the pay gap not any closer to being bridged, much still needs to be done to achieve equality between women and men. The gender equality committee discussed the progress made in 2013 with experts, which will be fed into an upcoming report by Marc Tarabella, a Belgian member of the S&D group. They also debated a report being written by Maria Noichl, a German member of the S&D (...) Read more

  • EngenderHealth Launches WTFP?! (Where’s The Family Planning?!) Campaign

    EngenderHealth Launches WTFP?! (Where's The Family Planning?!) Campaign

    Celebrity campaign inspires action for global women’s health & contraception
    [EngenderHealth, New York, September 22, 2014] EngenderHealth, a leading global women’s health organization, announced today the launch of its WTFP?! (Where’s the Family Planning?!): “History’s Worst Contraceptives.”
    “Family planning is a game changer in women’s lives. When a woman is able to have the number of children she wants, not the number her circumstances dictate, transformative events happen: She goes (...) Read more

  • UN Women Beijing+20 campaign: Women and poverty

    UN Women Beijing+20 campaign: Women and poverty

    [UN Women, October 2014] In 2015, the Beijing Platform for Action runs 20. As part of UN Women’s Beijing+20 campaign, this month’s focus is on Women and Poverty. You can find more information on UN Women Beijing+20 website: facts and figures, take the quizz!, interviews, news from the world and videos, resources.
    The last few years have seen historic achievements in reducing the number of people who are poor, making the end of extreme poverty possible in the coming generation. That requires (...) Read more

  • Emma Watson launches ‘HeForShe’ campaign with a bang

    Emma Watson launches ‘HeForShe' campaign with a bang

    [Brussels, 26 September 2014] Emma Watson, recently appointed UN Women Goodwill Ambassador, launched the United Nations ‘HeForShe rights [as men].’
    Watson did also not shy away from using the word ‘feminism’, defining it as ‘the political, economic and social equality of the sexes.’ She asked herself and the audience why ‘feminism’ had become an ‘unpopular’ and ‘uncomfortable’ word, and stressed that while it may not satisfy desires for a ‘uniting word’, the most important thing is to step forward and (...) Read more

  • Germany - "Prostitution and human trafficking cannot be separated"

    Germany - "Prostitution and human trafficking cannot be separated"

    [Original article in German here, EMMA Magazine, 18 August 2014] Manfred Paulus knows the red light milieu very well. For more than 30 years, he was in charge of prostitution and trafficking in women as head of a criminal inspection unit in Ulm. Even before his retirement, the EU sent him as an expert into the "recruitment countries" of the women who end up in German brothels, model apartments and walking the streets. Paulus researched from Belarus to Romania the paths used to bring sold (...) Read more

  • France: sex trade survivor marching 740km to request abolitionist law #marchepourlabolition

    France: sex trade survivor marching 740km to request abolitionist law #marchepourlabolition

    [France, 19 September 2014] On 3 September 2014, Rosen Hicher, a sex trade survivor, started a 740km journey from Saintes to Paris, in order to bring societal attention to the reality of prostitution and call for the adoption of an abolitionist law in France. Rosen Hicher plans to arrive in Paris mid of October. Along the way, she will stop in the different cities where she was prostituted, meeting decision-makers and citizens, until she reaches Paris, where she "worked" in a champagne bar, (...) Read more

  • Swedish elections: Feminist Party on the rise, 0,9 % more votes needed to meet threshold

    Swedish elections: Feminist Party on the rise, 0,9 % more votes needed to meet threshold

    [Brussels, 15 September 2014] Yesterday, national and regional elections took place in Sweden, and the polls indicated that the first ever feminist party, Feminist Initiative in Europe could enter the Swedish parliament. During the evening it became clear that this would not happen; the party got 3,1% and didn’t make it over the 4% threshold.
    The Swedish Democrats, the extremist right wing party, did on the other hand a surprisingly successful election reaching 12,9% and is now the third (...) Read more

  • How the US Helms Amendment Hurts Women raped in War

    How the US Helms Amendment Hurts Women raped in War

    [Global Justice Center, September 2014] It is a shame that 65 years after signing the Geneva Conventions, the U.S. continues to violate the treaty by discriminating against female survivors of war rape. This is because the U.S. the world’s largest humanitarian aid donor – places blanket abortion restrictions on its aid to war rape survivors. They are denied access to life-saving abortions, which in war can mean a death sentence to girls and women, half of whom are children. See below a (...) Read more

  • Ireland: The Shame and the Pain – the failure of the State in its duty of care

    Ireland: The Shame and the Pain – the failure of the State in its duty of care

    [Brussels, 18 September 2014] On Tuesday the 9 September, an emotional and deeply disturbing public hearing was held in the European Parliament with a delegation of Irish women who experienced institutional abuse in “Mother and Baby” homes, throughout Ireland (north and south) by state-funded institutions run by religious orders.
    The Public Hearing organised by MEP Martina Anderson (GUE/NGL), heard survivors tell their painful stories of being forced to give their children for adoption at a (...) Read more

  • UK: Delivering for women globally: Womankind’s vision for the next UK Government

    UK: Delivering for women globally: Womankind's vision for the next UK Government

    [London, 18 September 2014] A new Womankind policy briefing, launched in September 2014, calls on the incoming Government to ensure that its internationally-focused work delivers for women.
    Today, Womankind is launching a new policy briefing to outline how the next UK government can and must deliver for women after the upcoming general election.
    The briefing, entitled “ Delivering for women globally: Womankind’s vision for the next UK Government”, outlines priority actions to address the (...) Read more

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