[Europe] The Countertraffickers

[Europe] The Countertraffickers

William Finnegan – The New Yorker – Thursday, 04 September 2014 Stella Rotaru’s cell-phone number is scribbled on the wall of a women’s jail in Dubai. That’s what a former inmate told her, and Rotaru does get a lot of calls from Dubai, including some from jail. But she gets calls from many odd places—as […]

[Europe] Could you name more than one female scientist?

[Europe] Could you name more than one female scientist?

Chris Green – Independent – Monday, 02 Jun 2014 (originally published 18 May) A quarter of people are unable to name a single famous female scientist, either living or dead, a European-wide study will reveal this week. Preliminary findings from a survey of more then 1,100 people, including scientists, indicate staggering levels of ignorance about […]

Reshaping trust in Europe with women's vision

Reshaping trust in Europe with women's vision

Véronique Morali – EurActiv – Monday, 03 February 2014 (originally published 27 Jan) Tomorrow, the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society will convene a special meeting at the European Parliament to discuss how to re-create trust in Europe. Europe today is in crisis; we all know this. That crisis goes far beyond the very […]

No green growth without gender equality

No green growth without gender equality

UNRIC – Friday January 3, 2014 (originally published 31 Dec) Women and men have different ecological footprints. They approach environmental issues in different ways. They tend to prefer different means of transport, and their consumption patterns vary. Moreover, women in the world’s developing countries are affected more severely by climate change and natural disasters than […]

EU-wide sex trafficking ring is smashed as raid women face extradition

EU-wide sex trafficking ring is smashed as raid women face extradition

David Young – Belfast Telegraph – Monday, 29 April 2013 (originally published 27 Apr) Two Romanian women arrested in Belfast on suspicion of involvement in a trans-European prostitution racket are to be extradited to Sweden. Two female suspected victims of sex trafficking were rescued in the Belfast operation. Items including documents, phones and computers were […]

Gender Equality in European Research

Gender Equality in European Research

Elisabeth Pain – Science Careers – Monday, 22 April 2013 (originally published 16 Apr) Earlier this month, the European Commission released its latest snapshot of the representation of women in science. The message that emerges from the oddly named report, She Figures 2012: Gender in Research and Innovation, is hardly surprising: Women are still underrepresented […]

Angela Merkel: The triumph of Europe’s Iron Lady

Angela Merkel: The triumph of Europe’s Iron Lady

Daniel Johnson – Telegraph – Thursday, 3 November 2011 (originally published 28 Oct)  She’s been patronised and ridiculed – but Angela Merkel’s quiet diplomacy has won the euro a reprieve. Helmut Kohl once patronised her as “mein Mädchen” (“my girl”); Nicolas Sarkozy sneers at her privately as “la Boche” (the French equivalent of “Jerry” or “Kraut”); […]

Malmström admits ‘more needs to be done’ to tackle child sex trade

Malmström admits ‘more needs to be done’ to tackle child sex trade

Martin Banks – TheParliament.com – Wednesday, 29 June, 2011 (originally published 28 June) EU commissioner Cecilia Malmström has admitted that “more needs to be done” to stamp out sexual exploitation of children. The official, who is responsible for home affairs, described the offence as “the most horrible crime imaginable”. The former MEP was speaking at […]

Women at war: The female British artists who were written out of history

Women at war: The female British artists who were written out of history

Arifa Akbar – The Independent – Tuesday, 12 April, 2011 (originally published 8 April) Images of war, rendered on canvas, have traditionally been presented to us in the most morbid forms: John Singer Sargent’s chilling trench portrait of blinded troops in Gassed, Picasso’s orgy of civil-war violence in Guernica, bloodied battlefields and frontlines from which […]