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151. Most Political Parties in Europe Lagging Behind in the Road towards Gender Equality!

Most political parties do not consider equality between women and men as a key priority, says the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) in a Gender Audit Report published in light of the European elections 2009. This comes despite the strong competence of the European Union in the area. The EWL Gender Audit analyzes the available electoral manifestos of four of the main European political parties:

2009-05-21 07:20:42 / 1437 readings

152. Lithuania First Woman President

Dalia Grybauskaite has been elected Lithuania's first female president.With all ballots counted, she won 68.17% of the votes. Turnout at 51.7% was just above the threshold needed to give her an outright first round win.

2009-05-18 21:48:37 / 1041 readings

153. New Project of NEWW - “The South Baltic Violence Free Zone”

The Network of East-West Women (NEWW), Kretinga Women’s Information and Training Center, The Women’s Shelter of Karlshamn and Blagosemya will start a two year project in May 2009 to address the problems and challenges of domestic violence specific to the South Baltic.

2009-05-06 08:06:20 / 1307 readings

154. First Woman Poet Laureate of Britain

Carol Ann Duffy was named poet laureate of Britain on Friday, the first time in its 341-year history that the post — held by such poets as Dryden, Tennyson, Wordsworth and Ted Hughes has gone to a woman.

2009-05-03 09:52:26 / 1032 readings

155. Report from the Czech Women´s Lobby Round Table on Anti-discrimination Legislation in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is the last member state of the European Union where it is not possible to obtain effective protection against discrimination. Although the Czech Republic should have adopted anti-discrimination law (ADL) before its entry into the EU, it has not done so until now (when an approval of the new European anti-discrimination directive is under way). 


2009-04-20 20:43:57 / 1076 readings

156. Council of Europe - First Meeting of the Committee of Experts Responsible for Preparing a Convention to Combat All Forms of Violence Against Women.

There is a clear need for a Convention to prevent and combat domestic violence and other forms of violence against women and to protect and support the victims. The Council of Europe is the first European organisation to tackle this problem head on by setting up the Ad Hoc Committee on Preventing and Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence which, beginning in April 2009, will start working on one or more legally binding instruments.

2009-04-02 12:42:20 / 990 readings

157. Support Slovak Women in their Struggle against Violence

We are addressing you with a plea to support Slovak NGOs who have submitted a joint public comment on the proposed National Action Plan for Prevention and Elimination of Violence against Women for years 2009-2012 (NAP) drafted by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic.

2009-03-31 19:36:45 / 1103 readings

158. Equal and No-transferable Parental Leave: Petition to the European Parliament

The European Commission has issued a Communication to the European Parliament which proposes the extension of the minimum length of maternity leave from 14 weeks (set in the directive 92/85/EEC) to 18 weeks. However, the EC does not even mention the need for any minimum period of paternity leave.

2009-03-27 21:50:47 / 1114 readings

159. The European Commission Sends a Reply to the Polish Women

The Polish Women's Lobby, thanks to the assistance of the MEP Lidia Geringer de Oedenberg, received a reply from Commissioner Spidla to a number of complaints laid against the Polish Authorities which were communicated in a letter sent to the Commission at the beginning of the year.

2009-03-27 17:24:50 / 1145 readings

160. Consultant in Ukraine: International Expert on Gender Mainstreaming into EDUCATION

"Recently Ukraine demonstrated its support to the elimination of gender inequality in the national education system through the Law of Ukraine “On Ensuring Equal Rights and Opportunities of Women and Men” and in the tasks of the State Programme of Ensuring Gender Equality in Ukrainian Society 2010."

2009-03-22 07:39:38 / 984 readings

161. Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality Finally Appointed

Virginija Langbakk, long time SIPU International (Swedish Institute for Public Administration) consultant was appointed by the European Commission to become Head of the European Institute for Gender Equality, a new EC agency under establishment in Vilnius, Lithuania.

2009-03-15 10:11:23 / 1837 readings

162. I’m a Roma Woman, I’m a European Woman, I’m a Woman

The Romedia Foundation, a Budapest-based civil organization (, and Amnesty International  initiated a video campaign on Roma women with the support of Duna Television and the Decade of Roma Inclusion.

2009-03-09 22:25:29 / 1197 readings

163. Open Letter of Romani Women to Commissioner Vladimir Spidla on the occasion of the International Women’s Day

While discrimination against women is multifaceted and intersectional, the experience of discrimination faced by Romani women in Europe is even deeper and structural.  It makes them a highly vulnerable category among the disadvantaged groups in their access to education, employment, health care and housing.

2009-03-09 21:29:06 / 943 readings

164. A New Tool on Violence Against Women in Europe

European Policy Action Center on Violence against Women launches a new website featuring resources from over 30 countries in Europe. This website highlights the huge expertise of grassroots' NGOs and academics, which is gathered in the Observatory. It presents data and reports on the situation in thirty countries from the European Union and neighbouring countries.

2009-03-08 10:26:29 / 1046 readings

165. Attack at Roma People in Hungary

A brutal arson attack took place on February 23 in the village of Tatarszentgyorgy, about 40 kilometers from the capital Budapest in which a Roma man and his five-year-old son were shot dead as they were trying to escape from their burning house.

2009-03-02 23:11:09 / 988 readings
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