Gender and Poverty in Europe

EAPN - Gender and Poverty in EuropeOn the occasion of International Women's Day, European Anti-Poverty Network (EAPN) presented the new report: Gender and Poverty in Europe

Poverty and gender inequality are two forms of social injustice, which undermine human rights, the wellbeing of individuals, as well as their capacity to develop their full potential in life.
The briefing was publicized today at a media conference during an EAPN meeting taking place in Belgrade (Serbia), co-organised by EAPN Serbia, SeConS & UN Women. "Poverty means many things. Women have to deal with things on their own, especially if they are Roma like me. To people experiencing poverty and discrimination: follow yourself; make your own path. Education is the most important thing, even if poverty sometimes prevents children and girls from having a good quality education." said Milica Petrovic, a woman with direct experience of poverty from Serbia.

Both poverty and gender inequality are two forms of social injustice. They undermine human rights; the wellbeing of individuals, and their capacity to develop their full potential in life (as emphasized in the human development approach). Despite efforts made to make progress in gender equality, women are still in an underprivileged position in our societies, and therefore at higher risk of poverty. Women experiencing poverty are exposed to twofold risk and injustice – based on gender and based on their poverty status. Monitoring gendered aspects of poverty is necessary to understand the gender-specific forms and causes of poverty and - in accordance with this - to advocate for appropriate policies and measures that can eliminate or prevent them.

The context, causes, EU actions and testimonies are provided in the briefing.
Read the Briefing

DECISIONAL REPORT – ALTER SUMMIT GENERAL ASSEMBLY – DECEMBER 8&9 2017

Presence:

Blockupy, Attac Belgique, CIG, ELA, Gresea, EuroMarche-Bijstandsbond, attac DE, aktion ./. arbeitsunrecht, USO, Anders Europa, CGT, FSLS Voica, SNES-FSU, FSU, UGT, CC.OO, NEI til EU, CG FGTB, IRW FGTB, Solidaires, EL, Transform, CGT études, EPSU, FSIE, FSLI, CNE, RLS, Rete Salute Lombardia, Intersindical Valenciana, United, International Assembly of People’s Movements and Organizations.

 

Finances

The secretariat will send an overview of the contributions these three last years as well as information about the contributors.

The secretariat is now hosted by Gresea asbl. It will represent for Alter Summit a cost of 15.000€/year to cover the wage expenses of Sebastian.

 

Newsletter

Based on the discussions, Sebastian will modify the project and send it to Romain (CGT Etudes), Katerina (Transform), Céline (FGTB), Mikel (ELA), Thomas (Blockupy), Peter (FSIE), Marie-Laurence (USO), Xosé (CIG), Marie-Dominique (ATTAC DE), Marthe (CGT) for feedbacks.
Romain (CGT Etudes) will see with its organization for a nice lay-out.

Deadline for the texts: January 31. In order to send the first newsletter during the first semester (trimestral newsletter)

Translations: Isabel (UGT) can help with Spanish translations

National diffusion: how organizations can help in sharing the Newsletter in their own networks?

 

Labour laws in Europe

Based on the fruitful discussions, Sebastian will elaborate a synthetic text (from about one/two pages). Deadline end January.

Facilitate and support national conferences on Labour Laws and precarity (Germany, Spain, France?) with European speakers.

Making conference contributions available on the website.

Proposal of “black book”: testimonies and experiences of labour laws consequences and resistances.

 

Working groups

Sebastian will send the names of the people that are in the different working groups.

Unity: Production of the summer issue of the Alter Summit Newsletter. The issue should: 5-6 examples of “efficient practices” examples of unions, syndicates and organizations around Europe (see report annexed).

Digitalisation: 1) enrich the existing text (annexed) and 2) elaborate, for the next General Assembly, a project of meeting between platform workers from different countries (deliverers – analysis, demands, alternatives, struggle forms) – Already think how to finance such a meeting (Gresea could help): crowdfunding?, Transform?).

Transition: spread a synthetic text (annexed) to sensibilize Alter Summit organisations to this issue.

 

Other actions

Organize International Solidarity meetings with social organisations from UK, Portugal, Greece (others?). Inviting also political representatives to have their point of view and how we can help.

Working group: Felipe (CNE, will make a proposition of content), Marthe (CGT), Xosé (CIG), Miguel-Angel (Intersindical Valenciana), Pablo (EPSU), Roger (SNES-FSU), Katerina (Transform), Judith (RLS)

Develop solidarity actions (as Belgian TU going to Paris in support of the struggle against Loi Travail XXL). Some money is needed...

 

Calendar

End January

  • Newsletter deadline for the texts
  • Synthetic analysis/position on Labour Laws
  • Coordination meeting january/february -> doodle

March- June

  • One, two, three labour laws meetings
  • 8 mars: Day of Women struggles
  • 4-7 April: Tax Justice Day and Health World Day against Health commercialisation
  • June: General Assembly
  • September: 15th: 10 years of the crisis (actions)

Date to be defined

  • Meeting « deliverers »
  • Solidarity international meetings

Call for a European bottom up mobilization, from movements of Greece

United we stand against austerity and social injustice

The outcome of the ongoing battle against austerity will define the future not only of the Greeks but also the future of the European people who struggle for more democracy and equality. During the previous governments, Greece used to be a guinea pig but now is a positive example which some forces want to smash.

Therefore, there is a need for building a militant European social and political front against the pressure of the EU institutions, leading to the suffocation of the Greek society, and to the restart of the austerity programmes implemented already for 4 years by the previous governments with catastrophic results. The Greek people, by their mandate of the 25th of January, condemned the austerity policies, as well as the anti-labour laws and the privatization programmes. The policies supported by SYRIZA have adopted the demands of the trade union and social movements of Europe for the last 10 years, and now we need the support of these movements in order to repel these pressures and to proceed with the progressive programme of social justice. The European Establishment needs to punish the counter-paradigm of social justice and democracy defended by the representatives of Greek people, because they’re afraid of it: Do not let them do it!

Read more: Call for a European bottom up mobilization, from movements of Greece

Euromarches 2015- Euromarchas2015

The network of the 'Euromarches against unemployment, precarity and social exclusion' supports the 'Euromarchas2015' and participates in it. The initiative for the 'Euromarchas2015' was taken by Spanish organisations. The 'Euromarchas2015' starts in the beginning of october in Gibraltar and the 'Euromarchas2015' arrives in Brussels on 15, 16 and 17 october. 

Read more: Euromarches 2015- Euromarchas2015

A New Path For Europe is what we want, now!

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