The European Commission has taken action to break the glass ceiling that continues to bar female talent from top positions in Europe’s biggest companies. The Commission has proposed legislation with the aim of attaining a 40% objective of the under-represented sex in non-executive board-member positions in publicly listed companies, with the exception of small and medium enterprises. Currently, boards are dominated by one gender:
The European Institute for Gender Equality cooperated with 5 national gender equality documentation centres and libraries in Europe to build the best available European on-line resources on gender-based violence. These resources on gender-based violence are accessible via a portal on the Institute’s website which is being officially launched and made available today, 6 November 2012. The online resources are part of the Resource & Documentation Centre of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE).Available in several languages (English, French, German, Swedish and Dutch, among others), these new online resources on gender-based violence contain more than 26.000 references, including policy documents, grey literature of all nature, online files, books, articles and databases.
In 2012-2013, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is implementing a project on gender training in the European Union and Croatia.Gender mainstreaming is not a goal in itself but a political strategy, which requires that gender concerns are integrated into all policy decisions, legal frameworks, activities and programmes. In the context of EU policy-making,gender mainstreaming has been a policy priority since 1996.
EIGE is bringing experts and policy makers from the EU Member States together in London to discuss Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).In June 2012 EIGE completed the first phase of the “Study to map the current situation and trends of female genital mutilation in 27 EU Member States (MS) and Croatia”. The participants will contribute to the ongoing discussion on practices with potential and/or good practices in combating FGM.They are all in one way or the other involved in the definition and implementation of specific policy interventions on the issue of FGM.
Written by Shila Meyer-BehjatMany acknowledge the brunt women bear when it comes to the effects of global warming. However, less focus is still given to their capacity to be drivers of change in the fight against climate change. A new report by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) highlights just how little women have been involved: On average, they hold just about one fourth of decision-making positions related to climate change in the public sector.
Gender Training conference in Vilnius 13-14 November, 2012On 13-14 November 2012, EIGE is holding a European conference ‘Advancing Gender Training to Support Effective Gender Mainstreaming’ in Vilnius, Lithuania. The conference will bring together: the representatives of institutions that commission gender training, gender trainers, researchers and gender equality experts. It will provide an opportunity to exchange practices on gender training with the view to improving knowledge of policy makers to effectively mainstream gender.The conference is organised in the framework of EIGE’s two-year project on gender training in the EU.
Shila Meyer-Behjat and climate expert AnnikaCarlsson-Kanyama talk about the female face of climate change, why women drive smaller cars and the way to solve the climate crisis Ms Carlsson-Kanyama, can women solve the climate crisis?Oh, I would like to say yes, but I as a scientist I must say ‘I don’t know’ because this of course hasn’t been proven. But we know that women today are not empowered enough and we have evidence that they are more concerned with climate change than men.
updated on 07 November 2012Female genital mutilation (FGM) continues to be one of the most brutal and at the same time most tabooed forms of gender-based violence. During recent years FGM has gained considerable attention in the EU. In June 2012, the European Parliament adopted the Resolution on ending female genital mutilation. EIGE launched a “Study to map the current situation and trends of female genital mutilation in 27 EU Member States (MS) and Croatia” on the request of EU Commissioner Viviane Reding.
Five documentation centres and libraries specialising in women and gender issues are joining efforts with the European Institute for Gender Equality, EIGE, to enable access to gender-based violence resources in EIGE’s Resource and Documentation Centre (RDC).The project will put together and make available resources, collected for more than twenty years by the project partners in several languages. It will include books, research articles, reports, grey literature and other materials.
Research conducted by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) shows that more women are needed in climate change decision making to respond to climate change efficiently. EIGE’s report introduces the first EU indicators in the area of women and environment. On 21 June, the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council (EPSCO) is expected to adopt conclusions on gender equality and climate change prepared by the Danish Presidency on the basis of EIGE’s report, including the first indicators.
On the World Environment Day EIGE launched the full version of the “Review of the Implementation in the EU of area K of the Beijing Platform for Action: Women and the Environment. Gender Equality and Climate Change” report.The report was developed in close cooperation with the Danish Government, the European Commission and the High Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming.One of its main focuses is women’s participation in climate change related decision making in public sector at the national, EU and international levels and segmentation of tertiary education by gender in scientific and technical fields.The report shows that women are hit harder by the effects of climate change but they hold only about one fourth of decision-making positions related to climate change in the public sector in the EU.