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European Pillar of Social Rights – a reality for European families

European Pillar of Social Rights a reality for Europe’s families: mind the gap

The European Commission put forward a first,preliminary outline of what should become the European Pillar of Social Rights,in March 2016. Wide public consultation are taking place throughout 2016 to allow Member States’ Authorities, social partners and European citizens to give feedback on the outline of the Social Rights Pillar itself and help the Commission to understand new trends in work patterns and societies.

On the occasion of the seminar, COFACE-Families Europe published its discussion paper “Laying the foundations for a European Pillar of Social Rights”. The first section of the discussion paper focuses on the content of the future Pillar, drawing out the policy principles which in our opinion are most relevant to address the immediate needs of families and challenges related to demographic changes in the last decade. …… more

Download discussion paper “Laying the foundations for a European Pillar of Social Rights” as a pdf

Work, Welfare and Inequalities in Europe


Work, Welfare and Inequalities in Europe – The Research Perspective

A one day seminar will be organised on the 10th Oct 2016  at VML02 – Rue van Maerlant 2, Brussels Belgium to present research evidence related to the present and future of European welfare and work, reversing inequalities, social investment and poverty.

Findings will be discussed from a policy perspective that should contribute to the ongoing dialogue concerning the European Pillar of Social Rights. Future research needs in relation to social rights and employment trends and developments will be examined throughout the one day event.

During the seminar a Policy Review entitled “Fighting poverty and exclusion through social investment: A European research perspective” will also be presented.  ….more

Men get more dementia related misdiagnosis

Men receive more dementia related misdiagnosis than women

Among the estimated 5.2 million Americans aged 65 or older with Alzheimer´s disease, nearly two-thirds (3.3 million) are women.

New data from AAIC 2016 suggests that a high number of men are not accurately diagnosed during their lifetime. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida examined records for more then 1,600 individuals from the State of Florida brain bank.

They found that:

  • women with Alzheimer´s in the study had lower education and older age at diagnosis and death;
  • men in the study were younger at age of onset, had a shorter disease duration, and more commonly had an atypical clinical diagnosis (for example, corticobasal degeneration or aphasia rather than Alzheimer´s). ….. more

Diabetes – Men need just right amount of sleep

Diabetes – Men need right amount of sleep!

Too much or too little sleep has a negative impact on men’s health and well-being.

New study shows a link between sleep and health but seems only to apply to men who have a higher risk of having diabetes.

“In a group of nearly 800 healthy people, we observed sex-specific relationships between sleep duration and glucose metabolism, 
In men, sleeping too much or too little was related to less responsiveness of the cells in the body to insulin, reducing glucose uptake and thus increasing the risk of developing diabetes in the future.
In women, no such association was observed.”
said Femke Rutters, Ph.D., of the VU Medical Centre in Amsterdam, the Netherlands,

There are about 60 million people with diabetes in the European Region, or about 10.3%  of men and  9.6%  of women aged 25 years and over see study …..more

Failing to provide gender equality will be costly.

Gender equality in higher education updates

Irish higher education report concludes that institutions will risk funding being withheld if they do not address gender inequality in the coming years. Read Higher Education Authority HEA report.

British Global Research Council issued a statement of principles and action to promote the equality of women in research. Point 2 includes integration sex and gender analysis into research design and outcomes. …..more (pdf)

Equality and Status of Women in Research
Published by The Careers Research and Advisory Centre, April 2016 to inform discussions at the Global Research Council (GRC) Annual Meeting, May 2016, Delhi, India gives participants have the opportunity to influence developments in research landscape by adopting and implementing policies which aim to redress gender mbalances and inequalities in research.

The report provides an overview of the gender equality policies and practice of a selection of GRC participants identified through a combination of desk based analysis and interviews. .…..more

Gender dimension, trafficking human beings

Gender dimension of trafficking in people

This study contributes to the identification and understanding of what is  meant by:

‘taking into account the gender perspective, to strengthen the prevention of this crime and protection of the victims thereof’, as required in

Article 1 of European Union (EU  Directive 2011/36/EU on Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Human Beings and Protecting its Victims in the context of the EU Strategy (COM(2012) 286 final) Towards the eradication of Trafficking in Human Beings.

The study contributes to Priority E Action 2 of the Strategy, which states that ‘the Commission will develop knowledge on the gender dimensions of human trafficking, including the gender

Consequences of the various forms of trafficking and potential differences in the vulnerability of men and women to victimisation and its impact on them’. Its specific objectives and tasks are to address:

  • gender dimension of vulnerability, recruitment, and victimisation
  • gender issues  related to traffickers and to those creating demand
  • an examination of law and policy responses on trafficking in human beings from a gender perspective

The study looks specifically at the gender dimension of  trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation and follows statistical data evidence from

  • Eurostat, and data from
  • The European Police Office (Europol) and
  • United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC),

which sayss the most reported form of exploitation  is sexual exploitation and its strong gender dimension (96 % women and girls).

….. more EU policy about trafficking

–     Study on Gender Trafficking



Letter to FEMM Committee – Women and Homelessness


This communication has been sent to all  Femm Committee members today.

To members of FEMM Committee, European Parliament.

The European Parliament has recently launched a written declaration calling for a renewed focus on reducing homelessness through a specific EU action plan. This opportunity would ensure that the needs of vulnerable women experiencing homelessness are incorporated into EU policy.

The European Institute of Women Health (EIWH) calls on you, as a member of the FEMM committee, to sign and support this declaration.

There are many complex causes of homelessness among women and their families including but not limited to poverty, lack of income, substance abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence.

Homelessness affects women in a very different manner than it does men, giving rise to sex and gender-specific needs that have been largely ignored by policymakers.  Women often engage in coping strategies to avoid the appearance of homelessness; rather than presenting to shelters or sleep rough, they will generally sleep in parks, train stations, sofa-surf, or enter the sex trade.  Thus, women’s homelessness is a “hidden” form of homelessness, often forgotten or ignored.

Women’s homelessness and violence against women are strongly linked.  Domestic violence is a common cause of homelessness among women.  Moreover, homeless women are at increased risk of being raped; contracting a sexually transmitted disease, such as HIV/AIDS; beaten; attacked; chocked; strangled; exploited in the sex trade; and forced to join street gangs.

Poverty and homelessness also affect access to health care. Many homeless women have problems with alcohol and drug use, have undiagnosed physical conditions and/or have diagnosed mental health conditions.  The impact—both physically and psychologically— of homelessness on women is a major public health issue.

Homeless women possess very complex and sex and gender-specific needs.  To date women’s homelessness has not been given enough attention by policymakers.  There is a lack of European research on women’s  homelessness and no comparative data available.  We cannot sit by idly as such inequities persist throughout Europe.

By signing this declaration today, you are playing your part in protecting and vindicating the rights of vulnerable women who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness across the EU.  Only through concerted efforts can we reduce the burden of homelessness among women and their families throughout the EU.

No woman in Europe should be forced into a situation of homelessness or be exposed to violence. Ending homelessness is an achievable policy goal, but it requires a strong and immediate commitment from EU policymakers. Join the European Economic and Social Committee, the Committee of the Regions and the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council in calling for EU support to address homelessness.

Homelessness can be ended. Sign the Written Declaration today. 

and show your support for this campaign by tweeting #mygoalisahome

Kind regards,

Peggy Maguire,

Director General,

European Institute of Womens Health

First Lancet transgender health series

Lancet publishes first transgender health series.

Transgender people live everywhere but their acceptance in communities and their freedom to live with their chosen gender identity or expression varies according to culture and society.

The series led by Sam Winter of Curtin University and Kevin Wylie of the University of Sheffield, is a result of a committed effort by experts and members of the transgender community-some of whom contributed to a piece about community voices for the series.

An initial peer review meeting was held in 2014 at Beijing, engaged members of the Asia Pacific transgender community and international reviewers. When the authors began their work in 2011, they warned the Lancet that transgender health was largely a concern of specialist journals. The challenges facing the transgender community are however global, multifactorial, extending across all medical specialties.

These challenges- so eloquently described by Sari Reisner and colleagues in their Series paper as

“situated vulnerabilities”

demand intersectoral responses.

Access to general health care is among the least researched fields of transgender health, and reflects inadequate knowledge of transgender health needs by primary health care workers and health professionals in other specialties.

For additional information and sending contributions, please contact:

Mrs. Eliane P. Santos, Advisor, Library and Information Networks,                                                                             KBR/ PAHO, Regional Office of the World Health Organisation                                                             pereirae@paho.org

Pan American Health Organization,                                                                                                                                          Regional Office of World Health Organization for Americas
Office of the Assistant Director.                                                                                                                                                    Area of Knowledge Management,                                                                                                                                               Bioethics and Research (KBR)


European Journal of Psychotraumatology – new editorial gender policy

EU Journal of Psychotraumatology new editorial gender policies.

Editor-in-Chief Miranda Olff introduces new editorial Gender Policy:

Authors must comply with the EJPT gender policy,  developed on the basis of recommendations from the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) Gender Policy Committee. All articles submitted to EJPT must:

*   report the sex of research subjects
*   justify single sex studies
*   discriminate between sex and gender (mostly for human research)
*   analyse how sex or gender impact the results
*   discuss sex and gender issues when relevant

For more info, see the Journal guidelines here

14th Annual All-Ireland Gay Health Forum

Press Release

The 14th Annual All-Ireland Gay Health Forum in Dublin Castle today, Friday, 10th June by Marcella Corcoran Kennedy TD, Minister for State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Health Promotion,

The Minister welcomed the partnership approach shown by the HSE and various organisations attending the Forum in advancing the health and wellbeing of LGBT people in Ireland.

“Achieving a healthier Ireland needs collaboration and needs many areas of society to play its part, and this Forum is a great example of that partnership approach.

This is so important for the implementation of the sexual health strategy and I welcome the collaborative work underway on sharing information and good practice.

It is also important for our efforts to communicate key messages and information so people can be empowered to better look after their own health and wellbeing, including their sexual health and wellbeing.”

she said.

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