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Equality now urges global adoption of demand-based legislation to combat trafficking and promote gender equality

Equality now urges global adoption of demand-based legislation to combat trafficking and promote gender equality | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

"While human rights activists, government officials and the United Nations all agree that the trafficking of women and girls for prostitution is a serious – and growing – problem, there is some disagreement in relation to the best way to prevent trafficking and exploitation.

Equality Now supports and advocates for laws based on the ‘Nordic model’ to combat trafficking and exploitation and promote gender equality. This is a set of laws that criminalises the demand for commercial sex while decriminalising individuals in prostitution based on an approach first adopted in Sweden in 1999, followed by Norway and Iceland..."

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Iran executes Reyhaneh Jabbari despite global appeals for retrial

Iran executes Reyhaneh Jabbari despite global appeals for retrial | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it
Activists say designer killed man in self defence after he tried to sexually assault her, and confession came under duress
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Sweden Is Making a Move For Gender Equality the U.S. Would Never Consider

Sweden Is Making a Move For Gender Equality the U.S. Would Never Consider | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

In 2012, Sweden introduced "hen" into its online National Encyclopedia as the gender-neutral replacement for han ("he") and hon ("she"). First originating with Swedish linguists in the mid-1960s, hen is believed to be heralding a new gender revolution, one in which equality means neutrality. 

 

Perhaps it's no surprise that Sweden, which ranks fourth in the World Economic Forum's 2013 Global Gender Gap Report, has adopted this pronoun. The country's cultural history, steeped in aesthetic utilitarianism — Ikea, anyone? — lends itself to such an economical turn of phrase, one intended for both nuance and efficiency.

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Man Meets Woman: Minimalist Pictogram Commentary on Gender Norms

Man Meets Woman: Minimalist Pictogram Commentary on Gender Norms | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

From breakups to bonuses to bathroom breaks, infographic distillation of the truths and fictions behind stereotypes. 


Via Olivia Zarcate
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Mind The Gender Gap: Why Women Must Still Fight For Equality In Science

Mind The Gender Gap: Why Women Must Still Fight For Equality In Science | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

What was the greatest astronomical discovery of the 20th century?

Some would say pulsars – highly magnetized, rotating neutron stars emitting beams of electromagnetic radiation. The scientific world was informed of these in a paper published by Nature in 1968.

When the press learned that the research team behind the discovery had at one point considered that “little green men” might be sending the signals, journalists queued up for interviews. Then the news got even better: S.J. Bell, one of the co-authors, happened to be young and female. Here was the perfect candidate to interview and photograph for a human interest angle on the story. How many boyfriends did she have? Was she taller or shorter than Princess Margaret?

Meanwhile the men on the team could be asked to supply details of the scientific work, even though it was Jocelyn Bell who actually discovered the first pulsar in November 1967.

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Are advances in EU gender equality missing the mark?

Are advances in EU gender equality missing the mark? | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

Some MEPs dressed as men as a playful protest against gender inequality.

 

Although female political representation across Europe has increased, this is happening at a very slow pace and the most influential leadership roles in the European Parliament remain dominated by men. This raises questions about the possible need to resort to stronger measures to improve female representation in the EU institutions, write Vilde Renman and Caroline Conroy.

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Israeli airline facing calls to stop 'bullying' of female passengers by ultra-Orthodox Jews

Israeli airline facing calls to stop 'bullying' of female passengers by ultra-Orthodox Jews | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

Israel’s national airline is facing outrage over what critics call the “bullying” of women on flights by ultra-Orthodox Jewish men who refuse to sit next to them.

The issue was brought to international attention last week, when a flight from New York to Tel-Aviv descended into an “11-hour long nightmare”.

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Human traffickers’ victims ‘branded like cattle’

Human traffickers’ victims ‘branded like cattle’ | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

People traffickers are believed to have marked their victims with symbolic tattoos to assert their ownership over “assets” that can be sold for thousands of pounds, according to a new report out today.

The victims have been “branded like cattle” - a practice commonly seen worldwide for women in the sex trade – to show that they were aged over 18, the National Crime Agency (NCA) said.

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Spain scraps tighter abortion law

Spain scraps tighter abortion law | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it
Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy drops plans to limit abortion to cases of rape or where the mother's health is at serious risk.
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Think pink: how the colour is being reclaimed

Think pink: how the colour is being reclaimed | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it
Priya Elan: In recent years pink has become a dirty word associated with gendered toys and stereotypical ‘girliness’. But now writers and artists are fighting to redefine the colour as subversive and grown up
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EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs

EU struggles with dearth of women in top jobs | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

"BRUSSELS — Don't be fooled by Angela Merkel. The German chancellor may be the most powerful leader in the European Union, but she hardly paints a true picture of the place of women in EU politics.

 

EU leaders meet on Saturday to divide top jobs for the next half decade, and after years of paying lip service to increasing equality between the sexes, the problem of inequality is still plain for all to see at these meetings — where are the women?"

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France's new education minister prompts rightwing protests

France's new education minister prompts rightwing protests | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it
Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, an outspoken proponent of gender equality, was promoted during French cabinet shakeup
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Five ways to end the gender pay gap

Five ways to end the gender pay gap | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it
Another week, another report on women being paid less than men. So here is our helpful guide to bring an end to this madness and guarantee a fair and equal wage for all
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First female winner for maths medal

First female winner for maths medal | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

An Iranian mathematician working in the US has become the first ever female winner of the celebrated Fields Medal.

In a landmark hailed as "long overdue", Prof Maryam Mirzakhani was recognised for her work on complex geometry.

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Women aren't 'better' at housework – but men sure are better at avoiding it

Women aren't 'better' at housework – but men sure are better at avoiding it | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

"Housework is boring, so it makes sense that arguing about it – or trying to battle the gender inequality around it – would also be pretty mind-numbing. After spending a day picking up socks, no one really wants to talk about who picked up the socks. And, in a political climate where reproductive rights are under constant attack and rape and domestic violence are still at epidemic levels, it can feel a bit trite to bring up the laundry."

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Why the need for a gender divide in school uniforms? Or loos?

Why the need for a gender divide in school uniforms? Or loos? | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

No tree climbing for you … why must girls wear skirts? 

                                           

"Schools should examine their unconscious inequalities – often seen in mundane things – and correct them, even if it sparks complaints, says Laura McInerney."

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European Women's Lobby calls for targets to address the feminisation of poverty and to include a gender dimension in macro-economic policies

European Women's Lobby calls for targets to address the feminisation of poverty and to include a gender dimension in macro-economic policies | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

"On International Day of Eradication of Poverty, the European Women’s Lobby (EWL) stresses the urgency to address women’s poverty and calls for specific targets to meet the EU2020 headline target, which aims to lift 20 million people out of poverty by 2020. Since 2012, poverty rates in the EU have risen by six million, and in the absence of urgent action, including gender and social impact assessments of macro-economic policies, these figures are likely to rise."

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Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel peace prize 2014

Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi win Nobel peace prize 2014 | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

Pakistani child education activist Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian child rights campaigner, have jointly won the Nobel Peace Prize.

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When will we stop calling successful women ‘abrasive’?

When will we stop calling successful women ‘abrasive’? | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

A sharp dose of sexism … journalists bombarded cosmonaut Yelena Serova with inappropriate questions about how she was going to style her hair in space.

 

"A study of work appraisals shows that personal criticisms are levelled at women far more than men. And it’s just one example of how society tries to bring high-flying women down to earth, writes Laura Bates"

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Flexible working: why do we treat it as a women-only issue?

Flexible working: why do we treat it as a women-only issue? | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it
Tanya Korobka: Though everyone has right to ask for flexible working, recruitment expert Tracey Eker says employers retain unfounded fears about it
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Everyday Sexism In Just 9 Illustrations

Everyday Sexism In Just 9 Illustrations | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

'Self-image', Yang Liu.

 

From "leaning in" to "having it all," it can sometimes be hard to keep track of where we have and haven't made progress when it comes to gender roles. A new project however, simplifies everyday gender stereotypes, making it impossible to ignore their negative implications.

A new book from Taschen titled Man Meets Woman, features simple green and pink pictograms by Beijing-born, Berlin-based designer Yang Liu that examine modern gender roles. The 38-year-old uses minimalist imagery to illustrate a complex culture of gender stereotyping. The end result is an effective commentary on everyday sexism found in the workplace, during parenthood and even in the bedroom.

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Women and girls ‘failed’ by international response in Syria

Women and girls ‘failed’ by international response in Syria | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it
A report from the International Rescue Committee makes eight recommendations to ensure greater protection from sexual violence, exploitation and forced marriage

 

http://www.rescue-uk.org/report/are-we-listening.html

 

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UNESCO eAtlas of Literacy

UNESCO eAtlas of Literacy | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

Despite significant improvements in literacy rates globally, today there are still 781 million adults and 126 million youth who cannot read or write a simple sentence. Women account for two-thirds of the illiterate population, according to the latest data from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS).

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Britain's lack of women MPs worse than in 64 countries worldwide - Telegraph

Britain's lack of women MPs worse than in 64 countries worldwide - Telegraph | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

British women are so underrepresented in politics that the country has fallen to 65th in a global league table of female representation.

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The rise in sexual offences on trains shows how rife misogyny is

The rise in sexual offences on trains shows how rife misogyny is | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

Today the British transport police announced a 21% increase in reported sex offences on railways, rising to 1,117 in 2013-14 from 925 the previous year.

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Gender equality in Tunisia: new publication highlights issues and obstacles

Gender equality in Tunisia: new publication highlights issues and obstacles | EuroMed gender equality news | Scoop.it

On the occasion of Tunisian Women’s Day, celebrating the promulgation of the Personal Status Code that gave Tunisian women a unique and privileged status in the Arab world, the European Union has published “Tunisia’s Gender profile”. Started in January and finalised in July 2014, the profile presents data updated to June 2014. The document, available in French and Arabic, has been prepared in the framework of the cooperation between the EU and the Tunisian government, and aims to identify and analyse gender issues, in view of promoting a new gender equality programme.

 

Profil Genre de la Tunisie 2014

http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/tunisia/documents/page_content/profil_genre_tunisie2014_longue_fr.pdf

 

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