In September 2016 the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his 2016 State of the Union address. Building on the political priorities of the Commission, President Juncker announced a series of major initiatives on Jobs and growth, Connectivity, Copyright, Capital Markets Union, Migration, Security and Defence and also called for a better Europe “a Europe that protects, preserves the European way of life, empowers our citizens and defends at home and abroad”.
The participants of the 2016 AGORA young feminist summer school have written their own version of the State of the Union! “A Feminist State of the Union” notes the role the EU has played in the achievement of peace and economic prosperity in Europe but highlights that “Equality policies are still far from sufficient and gender equality is still considered as a secondary goal”. They also give a feminist overview of the problems and actions needed in Europe in 2016 and beyond including ending Violence Against Women and Girls, Protecting the Sexual Health and Reproductive Rights of Women, Improve Women’s Representation in Decision-Making Processes, End the Pay and Pension Gap and Fight against the Rise of Conservative/Far Right Political Forces.
The full text of “A Feminist State of the Union” can be found here.