Clara Zetkin could do it. So can we!

Policy Study


Few issues for progressive feminists

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Questions for reflection

Can men be feminists ? Should women earn less, when they are dominant in the repro-ductive economic sector? Do you agree that if there were more women political leaders in the world, there would be less armed conflicts? In the case of violence against women, what has the length of a skirt to do with the interpreta-tion of the word “no”?


Although there are no statistics available, experience shows that the number of flowers sold in-creases greatly on International Women’s Day. Clara Zetkin, a socialist German politician was proba-bly also fond of flowers

Challenges ahead of us : Facts and figures

45 of European women have been victim of violence The employment rate of women in the EU: 58.6% – 12.1 percentage point below that of men The percentage of women deputies in national parlia-ments in the EU is 24%.

Let’s start a common reflection! Quotes for thought

Women stay at home, because in most of the EU coun-tries all systems for family support are made on the pre-sumption that women are primary carers within the family. This transforms women into second class work force and the employers just take this into account.” Sonja Lokar

Being a feminist within progressive political parties is…

Outcome of the workshops organised at the conference “Clara Zetkin could do it. So can we!” on 28 February in the European Parliament in Brussels)

Bread and roses

  • Democracy without gender-balance? (by Zita Gurmai)
  • Next to every man there is a successful woman (by Pia Locatelli)
  • Long road to equality: Women and politics in Malta (by Godfrey A. Pirotta)
  • Gender equality at work (by Christa Randzio-Plath)
  • Should men earn more? Should women stay at home? Inequality in the labour market and combining family and professional life (by Alessandra Casarico)
  • The global care drain – and what to do about it (by Sonya Michel)
  • Women in international migration. Empowerment of cheap and flexible labour force? (by Steffi Rosenbusch)
  • Women: don’t just study (by Janna Besamusca)
  • The gender dimension in international politics (by Anna Karamanou)
  • Women, conflict situations and peacekeeping (by Ágnes Vadai)
  • A glass half-full? Violence against women in Europe and North-America (by S. Laurel Weldon)
  • Women and health in the European Union (by the European Women’s Lobby)

Get ready for more equality! Towards a new progressive thinking on gender emancipation and feminism

  • “Men and women have equal rights” – A simple sentence and the quest for its fulfilment (by Elke Ferner)
  • If not now, when (by Fabrizia Giuliani)
  • What role for women action in civil society and NGOs? (by Monique Halpern)
  • Strategies for more gender equality (by Britta Thomsen)
  • Implementing strategies – The Spanish case (by Mireia Bel)
  • Action by the European Commission (by László Andor)
  • Towards a new progressive thinking on gender, emancipation and feminism (by Pia Locatelli)
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