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  • Commission puts gender quota plan on hold

    The European Commission postponed a vote on a plan to force companies to allot 40% of their board seats to women by 2020 as lawyers questioned its legality under EU rules.
    Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding had planned to launch the initiative in Strasbourg on Tuesday (23 October) to tackle gender inequality on company boards but in a last-minute decision her Commission peers decided to delay their vote for a month.
    A source in the EU executive said commissioners were jittery about (...) Read more

  • Women on boards proposal suffers postponement

    By Ruth Marsden - 24th October 2012 “ The basis of the text has not been changed, but the way to arrive at the end result is being looked at in different ways” Viviane Reding
    EU justice commissioner Viviane Reding’s proposal to impose gender quotas on European companies has been postponed.
    The initiative, which aims to get 40 per cent of women in top positions within company boards by 2020, failed to win enough support from fellow commissioners to even go to vote.
    It is thought that (...) Read more

  • Migrant Women Trapped in Sex Trade

    Migrant Women Trapped in Sex Trade

    By A. D. McKenzie
    PARIS, Oct 24 2012 (IPS) - When French police broke up a Nigerian human trafficking ring that allegedly forced young migrant women into prostitution, the arrests cast a sharp light on the plight of what the authorities called “modern-day slaves”, here and throughout Europe. Following the operation last month, police said that the criminal ring had trafficked young Nigerian women into France via Italy, and that the women were forced into prostitution to pay off thousands (...) Read more

  • Time for real debate on EU chauvinism

    By Leanda Barrington-Leach
    BRUSSELS - The European Commission announced in March 2011 its intention to address the gross imbalance of women and men on corporate boards in Europe.
    A year and a half later, internal disagreement within the 27 member college of commissioners is blocking progress and undermining the credibility of the institution.
    Vice-President of the commission, Viviane Reding was Tuesday due to present a draft directive aiming to increase the representation of women on the (...) Read more

  • Europe Postpones Vote on Gender Quota Plan

    By JAMES KANTER Published: October 23, 2012
    BRUSSELS — A proposal to require company boards to be made up of at least 40 percent women was set aside on Tuesday by the European Commission because of concerns about its legality and tough opposition from across the European Union.
    Viviane Reding, the European commissioner for justice and the author of the legislation, said the postponement would give commissioners time to consider a compromise.
    “There is still 40 percent,” Ms. Reding said in (...) Read more

  • Reding in uphill fight over corporate gender quotas

    EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding was in last-minute negotiations on Monday (22 October) to rescue her plan to boost gender diversity on corporate boards, officials said a day before she is to unveil proposals that face withering opposition within the European Commission and from some member states.
    In 2011, the EU commissioner for Justice and Fundamental Rights, Viviane Reding, launched a Women on the Board Pledge for Europe, calling on large companies to increase the (...) Read more

  • Belgian prostitutes in Ghent have been told to cover up

    Belgian prostitutes in Ghent have been told to cover up

    In a BBC report of 04 October 2012, EWL Policy Officer and Project Coordinator Pierrette Pape is interviewed to give the perspective of the European Women’s Lobby on the new regulation issued by the city of Ghent affecting women in prostitution. Under the new rules, promoted by the Mayor of Ghent, if their outfits are considered too skimpy, women in prostitution face a fine of 120 euros. The EWL challenges the Mayor’s assumption of prostitution being ’a social value’.
    Watch the news report (...) Read more

  • The European Women’s Lobby on the Role of Recognition

    By Signe Kristine Nørgaard, guest writer for The European Women’s Lobby (EWL).
    Could a woman do Steve’s job? Yes, of course. But the status and fame she would acquire are unlikely to bring her anywhere close to the adulation accorded to Steve Jobs, as Siri Hustvedt pointed out in her contribution to this blog. Whether we talk about pioneers at the frontiers of innovation or culture-bearing institutions, we witness the same tendency: when women enter a new (or old) male dominated field, the (...) Read more

  • This is my home now - "Mujeres immigrantes: ni invisibles ni desempleadas"

    El documental de Saddie Choua muestra la historia de tres mujeres inmigrantes cuya labor, sin duda, enriquece de muchas maneras a sus países de acogida. Y eso a pesar de la crisis.
    Ni invisibles, ni silenciosas, ni desempleadas: ésta es la imagen de las mujeres inmigrantes que el documental “This is my home now” quiere transmitir. Filmada entre Marsella, Dublín y Lefkara, la película cuenta las historias de tres mujeres.
    Tres inmigrantes, tres mujeres Anna Zobnina, de origen ruso, es dueña de (...) Read more

  • Podcast: This is my home now

    The Flemish radio station VRT broadcast a podcast about the premiere of the EWL documentary "This is my home now" (in Dutch). Access the poscast here
    The podcast is available until mid-October 2012. Read more


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