Links

Here you will find links to websites which offer useful information and publications for those interested in advancing women in decision-making, as well as links to other projects and campaigns who are sharing our aims.

Other campaigns

Females in Front
Females in Front is a cross party initiative started by MEP´s from different political groups and countries in support of equality between women and men for EU top jobs.

Send 2 Women
The Campaign “Send to Women” aims to ensure that the appointment process of the EU top jobs is open and transparent, and takes account of gender balance.

Websites related to the European Elections 2009

The European Parliament’s official website on the 2009 European elections
The European Parliament’s website on the 2009 European elections offers general information on the elections.

The EU Debate 2009 website
The EU Debate 2009 is a website that encourages citizens to express themselves on the European parliamentary elections in June 2009. The website offers a space for debate and provides information on a range of topics related to the elections.

Disability Votes Count
Please see this website for information on the disability vote.

Eurobarometer: women and the European elections

The EU Profiler
Discover your position in the political landscape for the 2009 European Parliament Elections. The EU Profiler is an impartial tool designed to inform potential voters and other interested users about the political landscape in Europe ahead of the European Parliament elections in June 2009. Which parties are running? Where do they stand on the important issues? Where do I stand in relation to the parties? All of these questions and more are answered in the few minutes it takes to fill out a questionnaire.

2009 European Parliament toolkit
The EU Civil Society Contact Group’s 2009 European Parliament toolkit for the elections is now available on their website in 15 languages. This toolkit aims at supporting NGOs/citizens groups at local level in raising awareness about the European elections and engaging in discussion with candidates about the Europe they want. The toolkit consists of four easy to use action and fact sheets.

AtmosphEUROPA young leadership contest
The AtmosphEUROPA contest for young leadership talent from European minorities of any kind under 30 is being supported by the President of the European Parliament and leading members of the EP’s main political groups, left and right. The contest is held in conjunction with the European elections of June this year. Please visit the website for more information!

Websites on women and decision-making

Inter-Parliamentary Union
The IPU is the international organization of Parliaments of sovereign States, and one of its main fields of activity is women in politics. The IPU website contains up-to-date information and statistics on women in national parliaments.

International IDEA – Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance
International IDEA is an intergovernmental organization aiming to support democratic reform. IDEA is doing work related to the links between elections, democracy and gender equality. From their website you can have access to several publications on quotas and women in parliaments. We recommend the excellent publication Designing for Equality: best-fit, medium-fit and non-favorable combinations of electoral systems and gender quotas.

Quota Project Database
Quota Project is a joint initiative of International IDEA and Stockholm University. The country database contains information on constitutional, legal and volunteer party quotas around the world. Case studies and academic papers are also available for download.

iKNOWpolitics – International Knowledge network of Women in Politics
iKNOWpolitics an online workspace designed to serve the needs of elected officials, candidates, political party leaders and members, researchers, students and other practitioners interested in advancing women in politics The goal of the site is to increase the participation and effectiveness of women in political life. It has extensive library and discussion forums.

VOTE
This site has been created for women around the world to connect and discuss the issue of running for office. The website is a first step in creating a worldwide network of women who are running for office or who are currently serving in public office, while help train young women to enter the political field.

“10 Days For Development” is a campaign launched by the pan-European development confederation CONCORD and its 40 members. It will take place between 9 and 18 May with the aim to highlight the EU’s role in the world and to encourage people to vote in the European elections on 4-7 June 2009. Please visit the Campaign website for further information.

Institutions

European Commission website and database on women and men in decision-making
The website on women and men in decision-making gives an insight into the relative numbers of women and men participating in the decision-making process and taking up leadership positions across Europe

Council of Europe
The Council of Europe has been doing some interesting work regarding women in decision making.

Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender equality in the European Parliament
The Women’s rights committee of the European parliament has done work on gender balance in decision-making

Projects on gender equality in political decision-making

International Museum of Women – online exhibition Women, Power and Politics
This exhibition presents from March 8 to December 31, 2008 the untold stories of women claiming and exercising their power around the world and throughout history in Arabic, English, French and Spanish

Red Ciudadanas de Europa/Women’s citizens of Europe Network (RCE)

Pariteia – Promoting Gender Equality in European Active Citizenship

Femmes Passerelles d’Europe

Political Groups in the European Parliament

European People’s Party
European Socialist Group
Group for the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE)
Group of the Greens / European Free Alliance
Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left
Independence / Democracy Group

Other links

Womensviewsonnews.org is a not-for-profit online news and current affairs service aimed at women, redressing the gender imbalance in media.

The Women Citizens of Europe Network is an organisation having as its
basic objective the promotion and support for equal opportunities between women and men as one of the fundamental principles for building Europe. It recently published a manifesto calling “on European citizens to give a massive response to the June elections as the only possibility of obtaining a European Parliament which represents the needs of all the European population.” Click here to read the whole text.

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