Journals and European Integration 1939–1979
Edited By Daniele Pasquinucci, Daniela Preda and Luciano Tosi
The European Commission Service “Women’s Press and Organisations Information”. The Contribution of Fausta Deshormes La Valle to European Gender Citizenship: Federica Di Sarcina
The European Commission Service “Women’s Press and Organisations Information”. The Contribution of Fausta Deshormes La Valle to European Gender Citizenship
Federica DI SARCINA
Equality between men and women is one of the fundamental principles of every democratic legal system, being generally recognized in state constitutions and in the texts of international organizations,1 starting from the Charter of the United Nations (1945),2 the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)3 and the Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (1950).4 The European Union, that “unidentified political object” as Jacques Delors would have it, an institutional hybrid which for more than sixty years has contributed to peace, democracy and human rights in Europe has, over time, become a key player in the recognition and protection of basic women’s rights.5 ← 533 | 534 →
Although initially confined to matters relating to salary and work, the EU’s interest in the “gender question” has progressively grown. Issues such as empowerment, conciliation and sharing policies, the prevention and repression of violence in all its forms and, more in general, the affirmation of a culture of gender in society, have progressively become an integral part of the European equal opportunities agenda. More specifically, since the late 1990s the building of “parity democracy”6 has become one of the objectives of the European integration process. The Treaty of Lisbon, effective since 1 December 2009, not only lists equality between women and men among the values upon which the...
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