Women trafficking and the US’s worrisome silence

Women trafficking and the US’s worrisome silence

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According to a 2012 ILO report, an estimated 20.9 million people globally are victims of forced labor. Of these, 55% are female and 45% male. This 10% difference is attributed to women and girls’ involvement in sex trafficking, as men and boys are predominantly involved in other types of forced labor. Data is limited for […]

Women in Tunisia: A democratic façade or a civil society’s struggle?

Women in Tunisia: A democratic façade or a civil society’s struggle?

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During the election in 2014 in Tunisia, women outnumbered men among registered voters. Women were greatly encouraged to vote because their rights were not only considered, but there was also a wish to enhance them. Political parties, well aware of this trend, proposed female candidates to gather votes from the female electorate: among 13,000 parliamentary […]

Counter radicalization policies in the UK: Counterproductive for gender equality

Counter radicalization policies in the UK: Counterproductive for gender equality

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Sixteen-year-old British girl Kadiza Sultana travelled to Syria to join Dae’sh with two friends in 2015. This, and her subsequent supposed death in an airstrike captured the nation’s attention to the issue of radicalised women. The media not once used the word ‘terrorist’ to describe Sultana. ‘Young, impressionable’ Sultana had been groomed, and mindlessly ‘lured’ […]

The power of people: A victory for Polish women and human rights

The power of people: A victory for Polish women and human rights

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October 3rd, Black Monday. Thousands of Polish citizens gathered all over the country, boycotting their jobs and schools to send a strong sign to a government who seemed to have forgotten the simplest notions of human rights. Following a citizens’ initiative from the advocacy group “Ordo Iuris” and the coalition “Anti-abortion”, the Polish government initially […]

The gender in Brexit

The gender in Brexit

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In 1975 the United Kingdom held its first referendum about leaving the European Economic Community – the European Union’s predecessor – and decided to remain. Many things were different back then, including the role women played in the debate. Not only were women addressed by politicians – who seized the opportunity to mobilize voters – […]

Gender-mainstreaming in Italy: When assets are considered liabilities

Gender-mainstreaming in Italy: When assets are considered liabilities

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The pervasiveness of the male-breadwinner model has long characterized the Italian welfare system. It reflects an ideal of the family in which men earn a wage and provide, while women do domestic labor and care for family members. The Italian labor market has always presented an uncomfortably wide gender gap. Women were incentivized to free […]

The EU and Bosnia-Herzegovina on a slippery slope

The EU and Bosnia-Herzegovina on a slippery slope

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This is not the first time that this country’s politicians have ignored the EU’s efforts and advice. And it is not the first time that the EU has responded by taking new steps in the membership application process. Is it possible then that Bosnia-Herzegovina has found the way to join the Union while purposefully disregarding […]

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Women trafficking and the US’s worrisome silence

Women trafficking and the US’s worrisome silence
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According to a 2012 ILO report, an estimated 20.9 million people globally are victims of forced labor. Of these, 55% are female and 45% male. This 10% difference is attributed to women and girls’ involvement in sex trafficking, as men and boys are predominantly involved in other types of forced labor. Data is limited for […]

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Women in Tunisia: A democratic façade or a civil society’s struggle?

Women in Tunisia: A democratic façade or a civil society’s struggle?
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During the election in 2014 in Tunisia, women outnumbered men among registered voters. Women were greatly encouraged to vote because their rights were not only considered, but there was also a wish to enhance them. Political parties, well aware of this trend, proposed female candidates to gather votes from the female electorate: among 13,000 parliamentary […]

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Counter radicalization policies in the UK: Counterproductive for gender equality

Counter radicalization policies in the UK: Counterproductive for gender equality
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Sixteen-year-old British girl Kadiza Sultana travelled to Syria to join Dae’sh with two friends in 2015. This, and her subsequent supposed death in an airstrike captured the nation’s attention to the issue of radicalised women. The media not once used the word ‘terrorist’ to describe Sultana. ‘Young, impressionable’ Sultana had been groomed, and mindlessly ‘lured’ […]

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The power of people: A victory for Polish women and human rights

The power of people: A victory for Polish women and human rights
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October 3rd, Black Monday. Thousands of Polish citizens gathered all over the country, boycotting their jobs and schools to send a strong sign to a government who seemed to have forgotten the simplest notions of human rights. Following a citizens’ initiative from the advocacy group “Ordo Iuris” and the coalition “Anti-abortion”, the Polish government initially […]

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The gender in Brexit

The gender in Brexit
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In 1975 the United Kingdom held its first referendum about leaving the European Economic Community – the European Union’s predecessor – and decided to remain. Many things were different back then, including the role women played in the debate. Not only were women addressed by politicians – who seized the opportunity to mobilize voters – […]

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Gender-mainstreaming in Italy: When assets are considered liabilities

Gender-mainstreaming in Italy: When assets are considered liabilities
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The pervasiveness of the male-breadwinner model has long characterized the Italian welfare system. It reflects an ideal of the family in which men earn a wage and provide, while women do domestic labor and care for family members. The Italian labor market has always presented an uncomfortably wide gender gap. Women were incentivized to free […]

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The EU and Bosnia-Herzegovina on a slippery slope

The EU and Bosnia-Herzegovina on a slippery slope
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This is not the first time that this country’s politicians have ignored the EU’s efforts and advice. And it is not the first time that the EU has responded by taking new steps in the membership application process. Is it possible then that Bosnia-Herzegovina has found the way to join the Union while purposefully disregarding […]

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Politheor’s Special Report: The Gender Agenda

Politheor's Special Report: The Gender Agenda
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Editor: Irene Zugasti Authors: Adrian Goncalves, Francesca Coppola, Maerike Muller, Rossella Lombardi, Katherine Atkinson, Angela Reed Clavijo, Javier Fernandez Quevedo, Fionna McLauchlan, Monica Esposito, Sandra Bahous, Charlotte McLaughlin, Chris Hamlin Download Link: http://politheor.net/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Special-Report-November-2016.pdf

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The 500 Euro banknote nightmare

The 500 Euro banknote nightmare
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Last February, the European Commission enquired on the way European banknotes are used. It followed that Mario Draghi, president of the European Central Bank, motivated the decision of ending the production of the €500 Euro banknotes by 2018 with the concern that these could foster illegal activities over Europe. Studies have shown that the use […]

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Does the EU ensure high level health protection for all?

Does the EU ensure high level health protection for all?
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Earlier this year, Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis, gave a fervent speech during a conference dedicated to progressing towards better prevention and management of chronic diseases. Upon stating that chronic diseases take up 80% of European healthcare budget, he stressed the importance of integrating health to all policies, be it educational, fiscal, or social. In […]

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Policy dead-end: Central Banks’ continued use of DSGE Models

Policy dead-end: Central Banks’ continued use of DSGE Models
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The DSGE model has been the workhorse of central banks since the early 1980’s and has suffered from abundant and scathing critique: Olivier Blanchard argues that DSGE models are “seriously flawed” and Paul Romer – a doyen of the neo-classical economic fraternity – accuses these macroeconomic models of “attribute[ing] fluctuations in aggregate variables to imaginary […]

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Egypt and climate change: let your civil society grow strong

Egypt and climate change: let your civil society grow strong
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While the Paris Agreement was widely celebrated, the pledges voluntary undertaken by governments will allow an increase of temperature of about 2.7C, according to the UN, significantly more than what was agreed upon. This would unleash rising seas, extreme heat and other upheavals. Egypt is especially vulnerable to multiple climate change threats like sea level […]

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