domingo, junio 21, 2009

Gender equality in the European Parliament at stake

Benita Ferrero-Waldner, on the left, and
Margot Wallström© European Communities, 2009
Brussels - Council/Justus Lipsius p-015384-00-07

Gender equality in the European Parliament 2009-2014 at stake:
Preliminary results of the european elections of 4-7 June 2009 and next steps
2009-06-21 Ana Pérez, GéneroUrban

The European Parliament has released this week the figures on women and men elected to the new European Parliament. Only 275 women of the 785 Members of the European Parliament will represented the 495 million citizens of the European Union (27 countries).

Gender equality in all areas of life is a fundamental right and value of the European Union, enshrined in policy since the Treaty of Rome in 1957. Yet more than fifty years on, women still fail to play an equal role in politics across Europe ... Women clearly do not have the share of political positions that should be expected if they had free and equal access to power.

From the first results we can observe that the elections of June 2009 led to slight progresses in the representation of women in the European Parliament, which now reaches about 35% of women (compared with the stagnation of the last 10 years when about 31% were elected during the 1999-2004 and 2004-20009 terms). With these results the EP still doesn’t reach parity or even the 40% of women threshold agreed by Member States of the Council of Europe in 2004 (45 European countries).

In these elections 16 EU Member States saw a rise in the proportion of elected female MEP's, 8 countries a decline and 3 countries maintained more or less the same percentage as before.

The EWL Campaign

The EWL 50/50 Campaign is now focusing on actions aiming at improving the representation of women in internal decision-making posts within the European Parliament (president, vice-presidents, (vice)-chairing of committees etc) and in the European Commission.

For this purpose model lobbying letters have been drafted and can be found on the 50/50 Campaign website This material is at the disposal of Internet users to be translated/ adapted and sent as soon as possible to national governments / political parties to influence decisions regarding nominations and political negotiations which are taking place right now

Next steps

For now the names that are advanced for the Presidency of the parliament are those of the two male leaders of major parties who currently sit.
There are rumours that the two largest groups in Parliament, the EPP-ED and PES, have already agreed to share the post of President of the European Parliament as they have done for all but two terms of Parliament. The first half of the term would be taken by Jerzy Buzek MEP of the EPP (who would be the first person from Eastern Europe to hold the post), who would then pass it over to Martin Schulz MEP, the current leader of PES. Other candidates for these posts are Graham Watson, the leader of ALDE and it was reported that Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi wanted the EPP's candidate to instead be Mario Mauro MEP of his party rather than Buzek.

At the EU summit on Friday 19 June, EU leaders agreed to renew the conservative José Barroso, Portuguese and current President of the Commission to renew its mandate with a second term.

In autumn, this will be the position of Secretary General of the Council of the EU held by Javier Solana (Spain) which should also be renewed and finally if the Lisbon treaty is ratified there would be a seat more to fulfill.

The difficult/ impossible struggling for an 2009-2014 Europe led by 50 % female leaders and other people who are not white + male.

To write... Not a single woman?

Related posts in this blog
Que se oiga tu voz!// Make your voice heard // Fais entendre ta voix
Elecciones europeas: ¿cómo fomentar la participación política de las mujeres?
How representative will the European elections be?

Links and sources


viernes, junio 19, 2009

Margot Wallström, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf: Stop Rape Now! - ¡Alto a las violaciones!

ES: Hoy, Margot Wallström : (Vice-presidenta de la Comisión europea), tiene una invitada de Liberia en su blog, su Excelencia la Presidenta Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, que escribe sobre el aniversario de la campaña de la ONU UN’s Stop Rape NowALTO A LAS VIOLACIONES! pdf)

FR: Aujourd'hui, Margot Wallström, vice-présidente de la Commission européenne recoit dans son blog une invitée du Libéria, son excellence la présidente Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, qui écrit au sujet de l'anniversaire de la campagne de l'ONU Stop Rape Now (NON AUX VIOLATIONS! pdf)

EN: Today Margot Wallström : (Vice-president of the european Commission) hosts a guest blogger from Liberia: her Excellency President Ellen Sirleaf-Johnson, who will write about the anniversary and the UN’s Stop Rape Now campaign (STOP RAPE NOW! pdf).

Documentales con Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf:

2008 - Discurso en un seminario sobre género e infraestructuras
2008 - Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf keynote speech at a workshop on gender and infrastructure. EN) 17 mn

2007 - The first female president in Africa, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, delivers stirring speech to the women of Liberia. (EN) 1 mn
2007 - La primera mujer presidenta en Africa da un discurso vibrante

Sobre Margot Wallstróm en este blog:

Enlaces relacionados/ Related links:
Blog Margot wallström
UN’s Stop Rape Now
SOUTH AFRICA: One in four men rape 2009-06-18 IRIN, UN humanitarian news and analysis

jueves, junio 04, 2009

Que se oiga tu voz!// Make your voice heard // Fais entendre ta voix

Que se oiga tu voz!// Make your voice heard // Fais entendre ta voix
Envia un SMS a tus amigos con:
Domingo 7. Elecciones europeas ¡TÙ ELIGES!

Estimadxs amigxs.

Las elecciones europeas de junio están ya a la vuelta de la esquina. Están en juego temas muy importantes de los que habla este vídeo (puedes verlo en varios idiomas).
Castilian :
Galician :
EN mi recomendación
¡De ti depende que se oiga tu voz el día de las elecciones!
Envía este enlace a tus amigos. Diles que vayan a votar.
Pásalo… An

Dear friend,

The European elections are coming up fast, this week. There are important issues at stake, as you can see in this video (available in different languages).

EN another video ony in english So
take the opportunity to make your voice heard on election day!

Please send this link to your friends. Encourage them to vote – and tell them to pass the message on. Sorry for cross posting

Thank you! An
Chère amie, cher ami,

Les élections européennes de juin arrivent à grands pas. Leurs enjeux sont importants, comme vous pouvez le constater dans cette séquence vidéo (disponible en plusieurs langues).

EN viedo 2

Profitez donc des élections pour faire entendre votre voix, le 7 juin!
N'hésitez pas à transmettre ce lien à vos amis. Encouragez-les à voter et dites-leur de faire passer le message à leur tour.

Merci! Anne le Maignan


Send a SMS tu your friends with: * 4-7 June 2009 European Elections IT'S YOUR CHOICE!

Envia un SMS a tus amigos con: * 7 de junio de 2009 Elecciones europeas ¡TÙ ELIGES!

Envoie un SMS à tes amis avec: * 4-7 juin 2009 Elections européennes A TOI DE CHOISIR!

Red GDUS - Género, diversidad y sostenibilidad urbana

Red GDUS - Género, Diversidad y Sostenibilidad Urbana

What is GDUS?
GDUS is an informal network of scholars and practitioners in urban planning. Its aim is to bring together work carried out relating to gender and diversity issues to urban studies and planning theory.
GDUS represents different disciplines such as spatial planning, urban design, environmental psychology, landscape planning and social policy within the field of sustainable spatial development.
Each member brings in experience of either research or practice in a gender aware approach.
The network operates through a virtual community hosted by Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Tours (Fr) and through half-yearly seminars.

Objectives of the GDUS-network
establishing and expanding a network of people actively involved in “Gender, Diversity and Urban Sustainability”
presenting studies performed in various European countries on initiatives against gender discrimination in spatial policies regarding public space, housing, mobility and environmental sustainability.
evaluating existing practices and highlighting key factors that can be reproduced in other sites.
exchanging this knowledge with practitioners, policy makers and citizens groups.
constructing a theoretical framework that allows integration of gender-insights into spatial planning systems and theory.
promoting gender and diversity issues in spatial development at all levels of policy making: from EU level (ESDP, SDS, research and development Programs) to regional, urban and local level.

François-Rabelais University, Maison des Sciences de l‘Homme de Tours
University of Natural Ressources and Applied Life Sciences, Department of Landscape, Spatial and Infrastructure Sciences, Institute of Landscape Planning - consulting engineering studio: planning-management-research
Helsinki University of Technology, Centre for Urban and Regional Studies
Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Sociales, Atelier de recherche sociologique
Leibniz University of Hannover, Faculty for Architecture and Landscape Sciences, Institute for History and Theory of Architecture, Department for Planning and Architecture Sociology
University of Westminster, School of Architecture and the Built Environment
Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture, Department Urbanism, Chair of spatial planning and strategy
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Departamento de Urbanismo y Ordenación del Territorio, Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid
Umeå University, Department of Political Science

Brest Métropole Océane
City of Vienna - Co-ordination Office for Planning and Construction Geared to the Requirements of Daily Life and the Specific Needs of Women
Salzburg - Office for local spatial & community planning
City of Munich - Department of Urban Planning

Women‘s Design Service

martes, junio 02, 2009

Graciela Schmidt - Rosario: ciudad de todas

Graciela Schmidt en Lisboa en mayo de 2008, cuarta desde la izquierda
Las arquitectas de Rosario –reunidas en una comisión propia dentro del colegio profesional que agrupa a quienes ejercen la profesión– trabajan, difunden e investigan grupalmente estrategias que develen a la vez que modifiquen las barreras que impone el espacio urbano para que las mujeres puedan transitar, disfrutar y apropiarse de la ciudad en que viven.
Por Clarisa Ercolano - Las 12 - 29 05 2009

Elecciones 3

Fotos Bruselas
Articulo en obra

8 mars 2010: J'affiche mes couleurs

Logo de la campaña j'affiche les couleurs Haiti 8 mars 2010 . Participez à la campagne "J’affiche mes couleurs en faveur du camp de solidarité international Myriam Merlet, Anne-Marie Coriolan et Magalie Marcelin". . Plus d'infos ici :