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’
South Pasadena’s new mayor recently appointed 18 people to voluntary local commissions in the San Gabriel Valley city.Routine? Yes, except for one thing. All 18 appointees were women.Mayor Marina Khubesrian’s appointments were a small-town stroke for gender parity. Before the appointments about one-third of all commission appointees in South Pasadena were women; after, more than half of all commissioners were women, just like the population of the city itself.But the move inspired critical media coverage and public grievance from men claiming discrimination. The mayor, seeking to de-escalate the situation, later added three men to her list of appointees. I live in South Pasadena, and wonder if the directness of this approach to sex balance might hold a larger lesson. While California faces many hard-to-solve challenges, achieving true parity between women and men among our government representatives doesn’t have to be difficult.It certainly shouldn’t require a … [Read more...] about Commentary: How female parity in representation would make California more democratic
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