FEPS Weekly Newsletter 20 July 2022


FEPS Weekly Newsletter
📅Last recommendations before the summer break🏖️: gender & climate, gender & politics, employment, and much more!
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Upcoming Events
This is our last newsletter before the summer break🏖️, we will return in early September. Meanwhile, we will be recharging our batteries and working on a schedule full of exciting events and publications for the fall!🍁

We wish you an excellent summer break. We hope you have the opportunity to rest and spend time with your loved ones!

Best wishes from FEPS’ team,
Political participation and violence against women in politics in southeastern Europe

by Ana Radičević

Women in Southeastern Europe (SEE) remain significantly under-represented at all levels of political decision-making. There are numerous barriers to women’s political participation in addition to a unique form of violence against women in public space, a phenomenon which is one of the major reasons women are discouraged from participating, especially in politics.

This research shows that while both men and women experience violence in politics, women are subjected to particular types of violence and intimidation that would rarely if ever, happen to men.

VAW-P is a globally under-reported phenomenon, often normalised and tolerated, with the vast majority of women who have experienced attacks likely to remain silent about them. This violence has enduring consequences for women, their families, their political careers, and ultimately for the health of democracy itself. Read more
The EU’s transition to climate justice and gender equality
by Gill Allwood

The EU’s top priorities include ‘a just transition to a climate-neutral economy’ and ‘strengthening the EU’s commitment to inclusion and equality in all of its senses’, including gender equality. However, the two priorities exist in parallel and rarely intersect. This is a problem because climate change is gendered.

An approach which attends to the intersections between these structural inequalities is therefore essential in order to achieve a gender and climate-just future. Unless gender equality is explicitly included in policies, programmes and projects, gender inequalities which are deeply embedded in social norms, practices and institutions will persist.
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Initiated in 2012 by the CEE Network for Gender Issues, the Korčula School has become a recognised regional South Eastern European think tank that focuses on progressive and social democratic policies to promote gender equality.

It is designed to be a unique political, ideological, free-thinking space for a substantive and forward-looking exchange of views on critical ideological and political issues on transforming politics to promote gender equality. More info on the 2022 edition coming soon!
8, 13, 15 and 20 September, Online

In this series of policy breakfast meetings, experts and policy-makers will be presenting potential policy solutions to tackle diverse aspects pertaining to employment.

Employment is a key component to combatting poverty, precarity and ensuring social inclusion in our societies. Yet across the EU, nearly 13,5 million people are unemployed, and states struggle to cope with long-term unemployment, youth unemployment, and unemployment of the low-skilled. These challenges have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and are likely to increase as the digital and green transitions.

Against that difficult backdrop, what can the EU do
? Join us to find it out!
Not discretion, but clarity is the better part of valour. Ukraine has courageously resisted the imperialist assault on its sovereignty by Russia, whose most important war aim is to reach back to Peter the Great.

Russia wants access to warm-water ports, and buffers against invasion to its West and North. Whatever the successes of Russia’s incursion into Ukraine, these aims have all been tainted in one way or another.
Read more

Looking for interesting progressive discussions and interviews to listen to during your holiday? Do not hesitate to follow FEPS Talks!

Some of our latest guests:

  • Cedric Wermuth, Co-Chair of the Swiss Socialist Party, on translating equality and social justice into concrete economic proposals.
  • Stephen Bevan, Head of HR research development at the Institute for Employment Studies, on the impact of COVID-19 on the working conditions.
  • Amandine Crespy, Associate Professor in Political Science and EU Studies at ULB, on Social Europe over the recent period.
  • Jess Philips, Labour MP for Birmingham and Shadow Minister, on care inequalities that directly feed into gender imbalances.
  • Mohammed Chahim, Vice President of the S&D Group in the EP, on European Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM).
  • Professor Arne Westad, Yale University on the relations between Russia and China in the context of the war in Ukraine.

🎧 And much more in Spotify Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcast and Deezer!

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