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  • New EU figures on part-time work highlight persistence of strong gender imbalance

    New EU figures on part-time work highlight persistence of strong gender imbalance

    Eurofound, the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions, has published fresh figures about part time work in Europe in a report entitled ’Partime Work in Europe – European Company Survey 2009’.
    Here are some of the key findings: In 2009 the part-time rate for women (32%) is four times the part-time rate for men (8%). Part-time work is increasing in Europe: between 1999 and 2009. The proportion of women working part-time increased from 28.5% to 32.0%, while the (...) Read more

  • Poland - Parliament passes gender quota bill

    Poland - Parliament passes gender quota bill

    On 5th of January the Polish Parliament approved Gender Quota Bill that aims at increasing women’s participation in political life. Before the Bill enters into force it must be signed by the President. According to the new legislation, at least 35 percent of all candidates on the lists of all parties running for seats in the 460-seat lower House of Parliament must be women. However, the rule does not apply to elections to the 100-seat upper House, the Senate.
    The idea was launched by the (...) Read more

  • Slow progress on parity in European governments

    Slow progress on parity in European governments

    [European Commission, Brussels, 03 January 2011] An update of the European Commission’s database on women and men in decision-making has recently been completed and includes:
    A quarterly update of data on political decision-making at European and national level (data were collected between mid-September and mid-October 2010 and reflect changes since the last update at the end of July). An annual update of political decision-making at regional level (data collected in August 2010). An (...) Read more

  • Single mums struggle for a life in dignity, say MEPs

    Single mums struggle for a life in dignity, say MEPs

    [European Parliament, Brussels, 01 February 2011] The number of single mothers living in poverty is rapidly increasing, said MEP Barbara MATERA (EPP, IT), stressing that the statistics were alarming. We have "to act immediately", she continued and practical solutions and best practises should be offered.
    On 31 January, the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee organised a public hearing on the situation of single mothers addressing the challenges single mother households face and the (...) Read more

  • European Commission develops software to analyse gender pay gap in private companies

    European Commission develops software to analyse gender pay gap in private companies

    [European Commission, Brussels, 11 January 2011] In its ‘Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015’, the European Commission commits to supporting initiatives in the workplace which aim to encourage equal pay, such as the development of tools for employers to close unjustified gender pay gaps.
    These tools include instruments designed to help employers, managers and human resources personnel identify if a company has a pay gap between its male and female employees. Such tools have (...) Read more

  • V-Day season 2011 opens!

    V-Day season 2011 opens!

    Attend a V-Day event near you!
    On 1 February, V-Day’s 2011 season of events and campaigns started. From February 1 – April 30, from Peru to Armenia, over 1,450 colleges and communities will host V-Day benefit events raising funds and awareness to end violence against women and girls.
    Events center around Eve Ensler’s ground breaking play The Vagina Monologues, but also include readings of V-Day’s anthology A Memory, Monologue, A Rant, and a Prayer and Any One of Us: Words from Prison, (...) Read more

  • UN Women Director Advocates for Women at World Economic Forum

    UN Women Director Advocates for Women at World Economic Forum

    UN WOMEN DIRECTOR MICHELLE BACHELET MAKES ECONOMIC, POLITICAL & SOCIAL CASE FOR WOMEN AT WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM
    [UN Women, New York, 25 January 2011] UN Women Executive Director Michelle Bachelet will partake at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week to “make the economic, political and social case for women in the world.” During the annual meeting, Ms. Bachelet will participate at high-level forums, focusing on major challenges and solutions of and for women, on social (...) Read more

  • MEPs call for binding targets to ensure equal representation

    MEPs call for binding targets to ensure equal representation

    [European Parliament, Brussels, 28 January 2011] A report aiming to address and tackle existing challenges related to achieving gender equality was on 27 January adopted by an overwhelming majority in the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee. Equality between women and men has a positive effect on economic growth, said MEPs, pointing out that, according to several studies, GDP would increase by 30% if women’s employment, part-time employment and productivity rates were similar to men. (...) Read more

  • MEPs say achieving gender equality is a key element in eradicating poverty

    MEPs say achieving gender equality is a key element in eradicating poverty

    [European Parliament, Brussels, 28 January 2011] On 27 January, members of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality committee adopted by overwhelming majority an own-initiative report aiming at reducing female poverty in the EU, as women face greater risk of poverty than men. To eradicate poverty, a gender specific perspective should be adopted in all common policies. In addition, Commission and Member States should take necessary measures to eliminate gender inequalities in employment as part (...) Read more

  • New UN Women head presents 100-day Action Plan

    New UN Women head presents 100-day Action Plan

    [UN News Centre, New York, 24 January 2011] The head of the new United Nations agency promoting women’s rights and full participation in global affairs laid out a 100-day action plan today, embracing a full spectrum of issues from supporting national partners to promoting coherence within the UN system.
    “Women’s strength, women’s industry, women’s wisdom are humankind’s greatest untapped resource,” the Executive Director of UN Women, Michelle Bachelet, a former president of Chile, told the first (...) Read more

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