The amount of women elected to the incoming European Parliament will increase overall female representation from 36% to 39%. This means 286 of the 751 seats in the European Parliament will be filled by women. For Florence Blaimont, the CEO of the Wonderful Women (WoWo) Community, this spike is long overdue. The WoWo Community is an organization that promotes women's involvement in business and politics. "I see women's engagement in politics in the same way as I see it in higher management posts in big corporations," Blaimont said. "People think that if they invest a lot in their professional or political life, they will neglect their family. What is positive is that 85 percent of women would like to have a job that is more in tune with their ambitions." Another big talking point in Brussels right now is how to get parity in the four top posts of the EU's institutions. However, out of the 11 names being suggested by the European Parliament and Council right now, only one is woman. For … [Read more...] about The Brief: The long road to gender parity in EU institutions
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Julianne Moore says that for the movie industry to reach gender parity, it's necessary to implement quotas. Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, Moore said measures are needed to change the culture and that she believes in quotas. Moore says efforts should be made to level the playing field for women and minorities, and that "you have to open doors." While quotas haven't been much discussed in Hollywood, they're more common in Europe where filmmaking is often supported by public money. Sweden, Norway and Ireland have instituted 50-50 quotas in allocating public funds for male and female filmmakers, as has the British Film Institute. Anthony Anderson tells Seth Meyers about buying his mom tickets to a Patti LaBelle concert, getting stuck in an elevator a few minutes before he was supposed to host the NAACP Image Awards and directing Quavo in an episode of "black-ish." (Published Tuesday, May 14, 2019) Moore spoke Wednesday at a Mastercard MasterClass event alongside … [Read more...] about Julianne Moore on Gender Parity: ‘I Believe in Quotas’
Overview of 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (Source: VNA) New York (VNA) – Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung is attending the 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) – the UN’s largest gathering on gender equality and women’s rights - which began at UN headquarters in New York on March 11. Dung is scheduled to deliver a speech on Vietnam’s achievements in ensuring social welfare, and make proposals to promote social welfare and empowerment for women and narrow the gender gap on March 12. The 12-day session is being attended by more than 100 other ministers, several vice presidents and deputy prime ministers and representatives from different non-governmental organisations and UN offices. Discussions will focus on social protection systems, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. Phumzile … [Read more...] about Vietnam attends at UN’s largest meeting on gender equality
Hosts Darren McCaffrey and Méabh McMahon were joined by Belgian MEP Kathleen Van Brempt (S&D) and the Sunday Times' EU Correspondent Andrew Byrne on Monday night for the latest episode of Your Call. The call-in show sees viewers from across Europe phone and Skype in to have their say on the issues directly affecting them at home. Here's what was discussed on Monday night: Gender parity in politics? A report has found that women make up just 36 per cent of European Parliament members and 32 per cent of European Commissioners. With the world gearing up to mark International Women's Day, we asked: Should gender parity be made mandatory in politics? Skripal poisoning and Russia As the UK marks the anniversary of the Salisbury poisoning attack, the Kremlin continues to deny any involvement. We wanted to know: Did Russia escape justice? Holocaust forgotten? Escape from the Holocaust. That's allegedly the premise of an escape room in Greece criticised as anti-Semitic. Until … [Read more...] about Your Call in full: Gender parity in politics, Salisbury anniversary, and is the Holocaust forgotten?
Updated 3:21 am PST, Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Protestors block traffic and shout slogans reacting to reports of two women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. India's Supreme Court on Sept. 28, 2018 lifted the ban on women of menstruating age from entering the temple, holding that equality is supreme irrespective of age and gender. less Protestors block traffic and shout slogans reacting to reports of two women of menstruating age entering the Sabarimala temple, one of the world's largest Hindu pilgrimage sites, in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, ... more Photo: R S Iyer, AP Photo: R S Iyer, AP Image 1 of / 4 Caption Close Image 1 of 4 Protestors block … [Read more...] about Millions of Indian women form chain for gender parity