EU Elections

Dossier: Europe – a Gender Equality Project?

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Over the past few decades, the EU has made progress in terms of gender equality, but many challenges remain. The next European elections will show whether the “Gender equality project Europe” can be continued and improved or whether the majority of the conservative or right-wing populist to radical right-wing forces, who oppose emancipative gender equality policy, gain the upper hand.

Economic independence between the sexes


In her article „Mainstreaming gender in the EU in times of crisis: scholarly developments and policy challenges” published in Perspectives on Europe, Council for European Studies at Columbia University, Spring 2013, Emanuela Lombardo argues that although the European Union has officially committed to mainstream gender into all its policies since the 1990s, the implementation of gender mainstreaming has been “problematic or ineffective”.

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The rejection of the gender equality strategy is an emblematic representation of tension in EU economic and social policies, which has concerned women’s advocates since the beginnings of the financial crisis.

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Carolin Ausserer interviews Mariann Dósa from Hungary on the representation and inclusion of poor women and dismissed groups.

two women cleaning up the oven

Carolin Ausserer interviews Catherine Hoskyns, Professor Emerita in European Studies and Gender Politics at Coventry University, UK, on unpaid work.

„Die Widerstände werden größer“

Caroline Ausserer interviews Professor Gabriele Abels of Eberhard Karls University Tübingen on the successes and shortcomings of the EU as an equality and gender political actor.

Old Women

The Gender Pay Gap also affects pensioners. The European Commission found that, among European pensioners aged over 65, women received on average € 886 per month compared with €1447 for men, i.e. a 39% gap.

Equal participation in decision-making

Men and Women Sign - Stencil

Over the last decades, norms, rules and processes of regulation have appeared with the goal of fostering gender equality. They take many forms, of which gender quotas are a very widespread and frequently used version.

Combating gender-based violence and human trafficking

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In the last years, the focus on collecting personal data of victims of human trafficking has increased strongly. In this article, Marjan Wijers outlines the instruments, concepts and risks of these investigations into the private lives of the affected and demonstrates: firm rules for the collection and analysis of personal data have to be in place to ensure the privacy and security of the victims.

Protesting Violence Aigainst Women

Mikael Gustafsson, Chairman of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender equality at the European Parliament (FEMM) talks with Caroline Ausserer about past highlights and future challenges.

integration, migration and asylum policies from a gender perspective

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The European Parliament Resolution on Undocumented Women and the EU Elections - As Europe prepares to go the polls this month to elect its representatives for the 2014-2019 European Parliament, we invite you to take a deeper look into the recently passed European Parliament Resolution on Undocumented Migrant Women in the EU.

women sitting with her ​​back to the camera alone in a park

Gender-based violence in Europe’s fight against irregular migration Gender-based discrimination augments migrant women’s susceptibility to violence and when combined with an irregular status, contributes to a worrying culture of impunity within the EU.          

Who really cares? Graffiti

Carolin Ausserer interviews Professor Hanne Marlene Dahl, University Roskilde (Denmark) about care work and migration within Europe.

intersectionality and combat (multiple) discrimination

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Looking at the state of public discourses and political debates in European countries today, there are indeed many reasons to be concerned with candidates feeding on fears and frustrations to win votes, write Evelyne Paradis and Michael Privot, whose organisations joined forces to push an all-out equality agenda through the EU election campaign. 

Poster "Trans Rights = Civil Rights"

Ordinary things like picking up a parcel, opening a bank account or simply using a personalized public transport ticket can become a daily source of difficulty if your gender identity does not match the legal gender.

equality policies outside the EU

Presidents from the Mercosur Member States f.l.t.r.  Evo Morales (Bolivia), Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (Argentina), José Mujica (Uruguay), Dilma Rousseff (Brazil), Nicolás Maduro (Venezuela)

Given the EU’s commitment to gender, and its self-promotion as a normative power, one would expect that the EU exports gender norms to Mercosur in their bi-regional relations.

Market in Dubrovnik, Coratia.

Is the EU a powerful enough actor to tackle the broader structural and institutional aspects of gender inequalities in different countries and regions? This article provide empirical evidence drawn from Croatia and FYR Macedonia in order to explore the effectiveness of the EU gender strategy.

Co-funded by the Europe for Citizens Program of the European Union

For a Europe of Citizens and Female Citizens

Europe continues to play an important role in the long quest for equal rights and emancipation. The politics of the European Union (EU) strongly influences advanced regulations in individual-member countries. However, a lot of progress at the EU-level is realized neither on a local nor on a regional level. In some instances, such progress is simply ignored. Can one succeed in further developing trendsetting, gender-political initatives in the EU? Or, will the alliance of conservative forces gain more weight in European politics.

The Gunda Werner Institute analyzes the politics of the European Union and its member countries from a gender-democratic and feminist perspective, and ultimately, devises emancipatory gender-political strategies.

New books

The concept of "gender backlash" encompasses too activities pursued by a multitude of different local initiatives all over Central and Eastern Europe, which strongly promote tradition over equality. In many cases these groups appear to be backed and inspired both by influential US-American “pro life” organisations as well as the Kremlin’s "Gay-rope" propaganda, which aims to discredit the European Union as a place of moral decline.

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