Gender in Focus

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From political under-representation to the #metoo revelations, and from the gender pay gap to sex trafficking, women’s rights in Europe have been and are still clearly very much still under threat, or getting worse.

Who are the forces underlying and fomenting these movements today in Europe? How does gender fit into and impinge upon politics, and why is it necessary for understanding issues such as democracy, climate change – even technology? Why is tackling sexism inseparable from racism and poverty? How are citizens and political actors making change?

Dive into the very best of our articles and interviews about one of the most timeless and cross-cutting political issues today:

‘We’re Living in a Time of “Maximum Dangers and Maximum Possibilities”‘

In an enlightening interview, pioneering American feminist Gloria Steinem explains the origin of violence against women, why women’s reproductive rights are increasingly under threat, and why shouldering the majority of caring responsibilities means women are denied positions of power. Racism and colonialism are inextricably intertwined with these attacks. Essential reading for the long view and understanding the processes at work.

A Discussion with the Polish Greens on Abortion and Women’s Rights

Another piece on abortion – this time in Poland, where ‘Black Monday’ protests last year succeeded in blocking moves to make abortion completely illegal there. We talked to co-chair of the Polish Green Party Małgorzata Tracz, who helped organise the protests, about whether the fight is won and how such a successful mass movement was mobilised at short notice.

A Conversation that Cannot Wait

Stubbornly resistant to change, Ireland’s abortion law is the most restrictive in Europe. Beatrice White looks at the current situation and the movement to repeal Ireland 8th amendment, which enshrines the unborn child’s ‘equal right to life’. A great piece to read in the run-up of the abortion referendum that will take place there in May or June 2018. Don’t miss Kerrie Milford’s piece on why abortion is such a polarising and controversial topic in Poland and Ireland, specifically.

A Constant Need for Vigilance

In our interview with European Women’s Lobby General-Secretary Joanna Maycock, we ask her where women’s rights in Europe are stalling or progressing, and how they intersect with populism, Brexit, and economic recession. Not to miss if you want an overview of women’s rights in Europe and what today’s most pressing women’s rights concerns are.

Unemployment, Pensions, Loneliness – Poverty Treats Men and Women Differently

Studying those on ‘the breadlines’ in Finland reveals some interesting facts about gender and poverty. Taru Anttonen explains why the  majority of the poor are women but the lowest percentages are mainly men, and why women’s poverty is often ‘invisible’. Essential arguments for why taking the gender perspective in necessary in government policy.

Britain’s gendered austerity

“Austerity in Britain has a face. That face is female.” Former leader of the England and Wales Greens Natalie Bennett’s powerful piece which explains just how the consequences of austerity hit women hardest is more relevant than ever. Get ready for some hard-hitting facts.

Technology is No Guarantee of Equality

Algorithms: supposedly neutral but in fact liable to perpetuate various forms of discrimination, such as against women and people of colour. Find out how in this fascinating interview with Jędrzej Niklas from the London School of Economics.

If you still want more: making the abstract more concrete, Markéta Mottlová zooms in on one country specifically, Czech Republic, to unpack the way women are discriminated against. Gender studies professor Andrea Pető on illiberal democracies and the creation of the term ‘gender ideology’. Austria’s first lesbian MP and former MEP Ulrike Lunacek on LGBT rights in times of conservative backlash.

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