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Fast Facts: Gender Social Inequality and Austerity in Europe

Europe’s austerity fetish and longer term neo-liberal reforms promoted by Big Business, Governments and the EU Commission hurt women disproportionately. Here’s a few facts to illustrate the point.   Europe wide  The gender pay gap is around 16% It ranges from more than a quarter (27%) in Estonia to around a fiftieth (2%) in Slovenia. … Continue reading

It’s not the crisis, it’s patriarchy

Feminists demonstrated in Spain Friday against plans to turn the clock back on abortion laws. The protests were part of Global Day of Action for Access to Safe and Legal Abortion. Beginning in Latin America in the 1990s, the day gained special importance in Spain after the announcement by the Minister of Justice, Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón, … Continue reading

Commission’s pensions proposals mean working longer, for less – European Left

European Left on the European Commission’s regressive pensions proposals and how they will hit women hard. Video

Austerity hits Italian agriculture as 20,000 businesses close

The sector’s troubles are another blow to women Twenty thousand agricultural businesses closed in Italy last year and pessimism reigns among the survivors, according to Coldiretti, an organisation representing the sector. This is another blow to women who have become increasingly important in farming and related activities, Women now run a third of the 845,000 businesses … Continue reading

Belgium: Expanding precariat drives up poverty rates

15% of Belgians live under the poverty line with the expansion of precarious forms of employment a key factor, the first nationwide annual study of the issue shows. Children and elderly (65+) are the most badly affected, with poverty rates of 18.5% and 19.4% respectively The poverty line is set at Euros 973 a month … Continue reading

Italians boycott famed stockings maker

IN BRIEF / ITALY Sixty thousand Italians have adhered to a consumer boycott of Golden Lady ladies’ stockings following the company’s decision to shut down its manufacturing plant in Faenza, northen Italy, firing 239 workers, mostly women. The company is to discontinue operations at the plant as of March, moving them to Serbia where labour … Continue reading

Italy’s women are getting organised

By Tom Gill On February 13 Italian women took the political establishment by surprise when they staged mass nationwide protests for dignity and respect. A million donne and their male supporters succeeded, for a day, in highlighting how far their country – once with a thriving feminist movement and now with a prime minister facing charges of … Continue reading

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