Europeans are continuing to live longer than before, on average ten years more than in 1960.
This coincides with another demographic development: fewer children are being born. So countries whch historically had “young” populations are also changing and for example, Ireland is expected in the next 25 years to have changed into one with an ageing population.
This will mean that due to ecopnomic necessity a number of social changes will need to be enforced such as extending the retirement age, the ability to work when older and providing for the needs of an older workforce and the many women who will need retraining and other supports.
The Eurofound resource pack on ‘Living longer, working better – Active ageing in Europe’, explores the impact of an ageing society and workforce, providing insights into developments at EU, national and companies. …more
The number of women out of work is rising and predicted to hit a 25-year high, while unemployment among men is falling, creating a “female unfriendly” UK labour market, new research claims today. A report by equality campaigners, the Fawcett Society, warns that UK government economic policies are leaving women behind with almost two out of three new private-sector jobs going to men. Almost three times as many women as men have become long-term unemployed in the past two and a half years – 103,000 women compared with 37,000 men.
The society warns that unless action is taken, the labour market will be characterised by “persistent and rising levels” of women’s unemployment, diminishing pay levels for women, and a widening of the gender pay gap. ….more
In celebration of the European Week Against Cancer and Irish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the European Institute of Women’s Health (EIWH) invites you to attend its workshop:
“Mind the Gender Gap! Smoking and Drinking by Women and Young Girls”, 29th May 2013, 16:15-17:30pm at the Healthy Lifestyle for Cancer Prevention Conference, hosted by the Irish Cancer Society, Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland.
Increasingly, smoking and binge drinking have become alarming lifestyle factors for young girls and women in Europe. Our Roundtable will sound the alert about the serious health challenges for women due to tobacco and alcohol use.
- Today, cancer of the lung/bronchus is now the third most common cancer amongst women in Europe and lung cancer deaths have overtaken breast cancer in Poland, the UK and Ireland.
- Even in small amounts alcohol is more risky for women. Why?
The European Week against Cancer is an opportunity to highlight that the present increase of tobacco and alcohol consumption is threatening not only the future health of women but also affects their children’s health.
Confirmed speakers include:
- Linda Bauld, Professor of Health Policy, University of Stirling
- Joe Barry, Professor of Population Health Medicine, Trinity College Centre for Health Sciences and Board Member of Alcohol Action Ireland
- Joanne Vance, Senior Health Promotion Officer, Irish Cancer Society
Register here for free online:
*Make sure you register for the European Institute of Women’s Health Workshop – ‘Women’s Health–Mind the Gender Gap’, 4.15pm on Day 1 (29th May).
Eurohealth is working on developing the work and results from the Engender project that was completed last year. The work will initiate with making the project results and outcomes more avaialble to a wider audience by hopefully making it easier for users to see, use control and comment on. Other developments are currently being tested.
For most people, a higher value is achieved when information is available, readily accessible, portable and useable where ever they happen to be. Accessing information has to be easy and fast. We are also using qrcodes to assist with accessing and using engender data on the move and also a quick way to share the resource with colleagues and others over various platforms.
The latest Engender database index file, which will allow you direct links to all records using a pdf format is also available here
QR Codes – a note:
To use the code , you need to use a free qrcode reader installed on your smartphone. Then you simply point your phone at the image and your camera will use the image and automatically recognise it as a web location. You can select the option to download the file. The Engender index file you download contains links to all the current engender database entries.
Please try this out and let us know how you get on.
We have tested this on various Samsung smart phones. We used the following software
- i-nigma barcode reader, avaialble free to download.
- firefox browser
- opera mini browser
- ezpdf reader lite
There are many other programs that will work just as well for you.
The Eurohealth News Team
Gloria Steinem challenged BBC presenter on violence against women
democracy outside the home is democracy inside the home
Gloria Steinem, an American feminist, journalist and social and political activist who is recognised as an U.S. leader and media spokesperson for the women’s liberation movement in the late 1960s and 1970s spoke to BBC “Hardtalk” presenter Stephen Sackur about the women’s movement. …more
COST is an EU framework that is helping improve the integration of women into science and technology. It has had some success, e.g. promoting the careers of women in science and technology through structural changes in institutions.
They try to equal men and women in the science and technology area and they can exhibit something,that they accomplished. For example a better promoting in gender integration in science, research and technology.
In December 2009 the COST Committee of Senior Officials (CSO) approved a strategy towards
increased support of early stage researchers. This strategy also included a family-friendly policy in order to promote gender equality in research environments.
At least is to say that COST is a good framework and they have success in it what they do, and women can be lucky that there is a cooperation like COST they try to equal men and women in technology and science area. Also they deploy for a family-friendly policy what is a good thing for the publication …. more ….Download PDF
Women’s power going even further down?
Over 80 years ago, women got the vote and its about 40 years since the Sex Discrimination Act was passed in the UK. Women, who form the majority of the population, do not appear to have achieved or improved their position particularly as public sector decision makers.
In UK politics and other areas, mostly public sector decision making, about 20 % is done by women.
The rate of UK female members in European Parliament is barely over 30%. In the National
Assembly for Wales 41.7% of the members are women, the area with the highest female
rate. It looks, using this report, which compares figures between 2003 to 2012, little progress,
if any, has been achieved.
The rate of women in the Cabinet has fallen by 6%, making Britain one of the lowest placed locations for achieving equality in the EU.
The minority, men, retain the majority….. more
From clause to effect : including women’s rights and gender in peace agreements
An E book by Cate Buchanan, published by Geneva: Centre for humanitarian dialogue, 2012 in English.
Report from the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue six peace agreements from the Asia-Pacific region are examined on five theme’s: power-sharing, resource-sharing, security arrangements, access to justice and monitoring. The report looks at how women’s rights are included or excluded in agreements and recommends improvements in texts of the agreements where these are possible.…. more
Distance Educational course:
Health programmes and health policies are often developed without considering gender dimensions and rights perspectives. Global health policies and programmes influence local level programmes, and without gender and rights perspectives may worsen the position of local communities.
Participants will gain insight, knowledge and understanding of how health issues affect men and women differently, and how rights can be respected and realised. The governance of health will be discussed and participants will write a research based health policy or a research proposal from a gender and rights perspective.
The following subjects will be reviewed during course:
Gender concepts, gender analysis, including: social relations of gender, institutional production and reproduction of gender, gender analysis tools
Gender and health analysis frameworks and how to apply a gender analysis to health
Gender, rights and health, including: health equity, gender equity and gender equality, human rights and women’s rights, right to health and health care
Gender, health and global policies, including: global milestones in development of gender discourse, UN Conferences and initiatives, WHO, World Bank, international agencies and gender, MDGs
Gender analysis of health problems and diseases, including: communicable diseases (e.g. TB, HIV/AIDS), urban health, maternal health, coronary vascular diseases
Neglected issues, including: sexual rights and health, gender-based violence
Health governance and gender, including: health systems (including human resources), decentralization, accountability, quality assurance, public private provision and regulation
- Course: Gender, rights and health
From 02-09-2013 – 08-11-2013
Duration 10 weeks
Deadline 30-07-2013 (apply buy)
Online distance learning
Course venue (optional) Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam
Fee 910 Euro (2013)
Experts urge more gender balance in clinical trials.
Too few women take part in clinical tests to develop new drugs, putting their lives at risk as women’s bodies react differently to medicines, health experts said ahead of International Women’s Day.
Cardiovascular disease causes 40% of all deaths in the EU but has traditionally been regarded as a male disease, so keeping women largely out of clinical trials to develop new drugs. But cardiovascular disease is a leading cause of death among women and this one-size-fits-all approach is putting women’s health at risk, according to experts.
Marco Stramba-Badiale, director of the Department of Geriatrics and Cardiovascular Medicine at IRCCS Istituto Auxologico Italiano in Milan, said regulatory agencies should adopt strict rules on the inclusion of women in clinical trials and a systematic gender analysis.
“The gender balance should become a formal requirement and not only a recommendation for the performance of clinical trials,” ….more