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  • Voluntary female quotas do not work, Norway says

    Voluntary female quotas do not work, Norway says

    [EUObserver, Brussels, 31 March 2011] Voluntary quotas for women on the boards of publicly listed companies, as proposed by the EU commission, do not work, with legally-binding ones needed, a Norwegian official has said on the basis of the Nordic country’s leading experience in the area.
    "In Norway, we were not able to make a difference with the voluntary approach," public administration minister Rigmor Aasrud told EUobserver in an interview.
    She recalled that Norway’s Conservative (...) Read more

  • What future for the Working Time Directive?

    What future for the Working Time Directive?

    [Brussels, 30 March 2011] The review of the Working Time Directive moves forward as the European Social Partners respond to EU commission’s consultation.
    The organisation of working time is a major element of Social Europe, The regulation of working hours is fundamental to health and well-being of workers and the ability of female and male workers to take up the responsibilities of raising children, caring for elderly family members and be active citizens in their communities, while (...) Read more

  • UN Women’s Michelle Bachelet addresses MEPs

    UN Women's Michelle Bachelet addresses MEPs

    [Brussels, 26 March 2011] Since last September, Michelle Bachelet, ex-President of Chile, is the first Executive Director and Under-Secretary-General of UN Women. She was in Brussels on 24-25 March and attended a hearing in the European Parliament, organised by FEMM Committee. On the occasion of her visit, she also met with the EWL (read article here).
    On Thursday 24 March, Michelle Bachelet briefed the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee of the EP, the Foreign Affairs’ committee (...) Read more

  • Global Report on Status of Women in News Media Shows Men Hold Vast Majority of Management Jobs in Newsrooms Around the World

    Global Report on Status of Women in News Media Shows Men Hold Vast Majority of Management Jobs in Newsrooms Around the World

    [Brussels, 24 March 2011] A groundbreaking “Global Report on the Status Women in the News Media” examining more than 500 companies in nearly 60 countries shows that men occupy the vast majority of the management jobs and news-gathering positions in most nations included in this study.
    The International Women’s Media Foundation commissioned the study to closely examine gender equity in the news media around the world.
    In this long-awaited extensive study, researchers found that 73 percent of (...) Read more

  • Oxfam Novib & VSO propose a blueprint for the new UN Women’s agency

    Oxfam Novib & VSO propose a blueprint for the new UN Women's agency

    [Brussels, 21 March 2011] Oxfam International & VSO outline the key priorities of UN Women and propose how the agency should proceed to deliver tangible progress at country level in a paper "A blueprint for UN Women - what does civil society at country level expect from the new UN Women’s Agency"
    EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
    The foundation of UN Women provides a historic opportunity to transform the lives of women and girls. To deliver results, UN Women must target the most urgent issues for (...) Read more

  • UK: Rule change gives abused foreign spouses access to help

    UK: Rule change gives abused foreign spouses access to help

    [Brussels, 16 march 2011] Changes to visa rules in the UK will give foreign partners of UK citizens and residents who flee relationships after violence access to support services from 2012.
    At present, women victims of male violence may stay in abusive situations because their spousal visas give them no recourse to public funds during an initial two-year probationary period.
    Under the new rules, they will be entitled to help while a claim for residence based on the domestic violence is (...) Read more

  • MEPs quizz Reding over Commission work programme on gender equality

    MEPs quizz Reding over Commission work programme on gender equality

    [European Parliament, Brussels, 16 March 2011] Quotas for higher representation of women in company boards, reducing pay gap between men and women, combating violence against women and maternity leave were among the core issues MEPs debated with Commissioner Viviane Reding in the Women’s Rights Committee meeting on Tuesday.
    Transparency of pay
    For the year 2010, women had to work 64 days more than men to earn the same salary as men, said Mrs Reding, stressing that transparency was needed (...) Read more

  • MEPs call for a directive to combat violence against women

    MEPs call for a directive to combat violence against women

    [European Parliament, Brussels, 15 March 2011] Rape and other sexual violence against women should be recognised as a crime throughout the EU, and its perpetrators prosecuted automatically, said the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee on Tuesday, in a resolution calling for an EU directive to combat gender-based violence.
    The committee calls for a criminal-law instrument in the form of an EU directive against gender-based violence. 20-25% of all women in Europe have experienced (...) Read more

  • What Europeans think about fighting gender discrimination in the EU

    What Europeans think about fighting gender discrimination in the EU

    [European Parliament, Brussels, 11 March 2011] A large majority of European women and men believe that women face major barriers to reaching positions of responsibility at work. However, they prefer persuasive measures to legally binding quotas for filling positions on company boards. As for the gender pay gap, priority should go to encouraging better distribution between the sexes in all kinds of jobs.
    These are among the findings of a Eurobarometer survey on "Fighting against gender (...) Read more

  • EIGE marks International Women’s Day with release of list of 100 Inequalities

    EIGE marks International Women's Day with release of list of 100 Inequalities

    [Brussels, 11 March 2011] On 8 March, The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), based in Vilnius, Lituania, issued a list of 100 facts and figures illustrating the remaining gaps in gender equality within the EU. Read the EIGE Press Release below, and download the factsheet.
    EIGE Press Release, Vilnius, 8 March 2011
    8 March 2011 marks the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day. The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has produced a list of 100 Inequalities to (...) Read more

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