By Gabriela Baczynska and Daphne Psaledakis BRUSSELS (Reuters) – When the men who run the European Union pick its new leaders this year, they might finally appoint a few more women. But don’t expect a radical change any time soon. The EU has opened talks to name the people who will run its key institutions for the next five years. The top post at the European Central Bank, picked every eight years, comes vacant this year too. Negotiators in Brussels and European capitals will have to weigh the interests of north and south, right and left, big countries and small, richer and poorer. But this year, there is more pressure than usual to balance the sexes too. None of the three most powerful European institutions – the EU’s executive Commission, its Council of national leaders and the ECB – has ever been led by a woman. “This situation is ridiculous. There are still too few women. That applies to all the other top jobs in the EU,” the outgoing … [Read more...] about More women in the EU leadership? Don’t expect too much
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With British Prime Minister Theresa May seemingly struggling to win support for her Brexit deal there is much talk that Britain should go for the so-called Norway-plus model, but Norwegian academic Hans Petter Graver argues that it won't all be rosy. The UK parliament’s rejection of the government’s Brexit deal has put the idea of a “Norway-plus” model back on the table as a possible outcome of the UK’s long march towards Brexit. Norway is not a member of the EU, but it is associated with the bloc through more than 130 agreements, including the comprehensive European Economic Area (EEA) agreement. Through these agreements, Norway has incorporated roughly three quarters of EU legislation, but is not involved in making these laws. The EEA agreement is based on a structure that mirrors the governance and legal institutions, with bridging arrangements between the countries in both the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and … [Read more...] about Brexit: A Norwegian view on ‘Norway-plus’ and why it wouldn’t be easy for the UK
Born on the border between Kenya and Tanzania, a seven-year-old girl was put through Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) by her mother. "One weekend, a lady came to visit. I was not informed. I bled so much I fainted," the girl, whose anonymity has been protected, told the NGO Equality Now. "Now that you have become a woman, I have nothing to feed you, so you will be married," her mother reportedly told her. "You have to respect him and do whatever he tells you.’ This is just one example among the more than 200 million women and girls worldwide who have gone through FGM, a procedure where female genitals are deliberately cut, injured or changed. The majority of these cases are performed by traditional circumcisers or cutters who do not have any medical training, according to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF). Addu Abdala Dubba, a former circumciser in a small village in Ethiopia, used to cut girls with a blade that looks no different to a basic … [Read more...] about Female Genital Mutilation Zero Tolerance Day: can the practice ever be eradicated?
By Angel Krasimirov RUSE, Bulgaria (Reuters) - Hundreds of Bulgarians queued silently at a church in Ruse on Friday to pay their last respects to Viktoria Marinova, the television journalist whose brutal rape and murder shocked the country and triggered debates over freedom of the press. The body of the 30-year-old Marinova, a host of a regional current affairs show at a local TV station, was found in a park near the Danube port of Ruse, her hometown, on Saturday. Police said she had been raped, beaten and strangled. A Bulgarian man, Severin Krasimirov, 20, was arrested in Germany over the killing, and German authorities said he would be extradited to stand trial in Bulgaria soon. Bulgarian prosecutors said no evidence indicated Marinova's death was related to her work. A random attack and sexual assault were the most likely motive, they said, although they were still investigating all possibilities. In her last aired show, Marinova featured investigative journalists and pledged to … [Read more...] about Hundreds attend funeral of murdered Bulgarian journalist
CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, has suspended a physicist for giving a “highly offensive” talk about gender differences, which also questioned whether there was as much discrimination against women in the industry as frequently claimed, and highlighted discrimination against men. Professor Alessandro Strumia gave the talk at a CERN workshop where, according to the Independent, “He then proceeded to present a talk about ‘fundamental theory and gender.'”“Professor Strumia used a slideshow to illustrate the ‘discrimination’ that men have faced, with examples including female Stem students receiving free or cheaper university fees in Italy,” reported the Independent. “He also explained how he believed that he should have been hired by the National Institute of Nuclear Physics over Anna Ceresole, the professor who was eventually chosen for the position that he’d applied for, as he had more citations than … [Read more...] about CERN Fires Physicist Who Gave ‘Highly Offensive’ Talk About Gender Differences