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The Role of Women in Central Europe after EU Enlargement

Challenges of Gender Equality Policy in a Wider Europe


Stella Avallone and Bianca Valota-Cavallotti

‘Gender equality is a fundamental right, a common value of the EU, and a necessary condition for the achievement of the EU objectives of growth, employment and social cohesion.’ (European Commission: Roadmap for Equality between Women and Men). 2007 has been designated as ‘European Year of Equal Opportunities for All’. What are the challenges of gender equality policy in a wider Europe of 27, with a combined population of 500 million? A two-days conference on ‘The Role of Women in Central Europe after EU Enlargement’ organized by the Austrian Cultural Forum Milan together with Milan State University tried to assess the history, culture, economic situation and international relations of one «female half» of Europe that sees the Western world with new eyes and may indicate to us the way to a better future.
Contents: Stella Avallone: Introduction – Bianca Valota-Cavallotti: Introduction – Matteo Fornara: Introduction – Arianna Censi: Introduction – Elisabetta Magistretti: Introduction – Sonja Lokar: How to become women of one Europe? – Barbara Wicha: From malestream via gender blindness and gender neutrality to gender mainstreaming: Insistent feminist removal of barriers in society and science in Austria – Emma Scaramuzza: From the story of women to gender history. Thirty years of trends and research – Hana Mařiková: Gender Equality in the Czech Republic - The position and status of women before and after 1989 – Andrea Petö: The Archeology of History? Women’s History and Gender History in Eastern Europe – Andrea Petö: Writing Women’s History in East Central Europe – Magdalena Šroda: Writing Women’s History in East Central Europe – Zora Butorova: Women in Slovakia: Old Problems and New Challenges – Annemarie Türk: Living on thin ice. On the situation of women artists in Central and Eastern Europe – Maria Theresa Fumagalli Beonio Brocchieri: A genre of culture – Magdalena Dietlovà: How women can succeed in cultural confrontation after the fall of the iron curtain – Krisztina Sandor: Women in Margit Kaffka’s prose – Agnieszka Reklajtis: Women’s self-awareness and mass culture. The programme: ‘Childbirth with Dignity’. A case study – Miroslava Vallova: The winged woman. The poetical female subject in Slovakia in the last decade – Karmen Spiljak: Reconstruction of female identity in popular culture – Isabella Lindner: Women in macroeconomic institutions in the EU - prospects and challenges – Marina Calloni: Sharing common issues: the under-representation of Italian women in politics and in the workplace – Dita Stejskalova: Women in the business and economy sector in the Czech Republic – Terezia Borosné Bartha: Current gender equality issues in the Hungarian labour market – Ewa Lisowska: The Role of Women in the Economy (The case of Poland) – Andreja Crnak-Meglic: The gender dimension of the labour market and the welfare state in Slovenia – Helga Konrad: Women for the Renewal of Politics and Society: On the Road to Gender Democracy – Laura Mirachian: The role of women in South-East Europe from the point of view of an Italian woman diplomat – Michaela Marksová-Tominová: European Women as Professionals, Mothers and Housewives: East meets West – Zita Gurmai: Women’s situation and women’s role in Europe – Irena Lipowicz: The Role of Women in a Process of Transformation - Parliament, Government, Local Autonomy – Klara Novotna: Contribution of women to the dialogue of civilizations – Sonja Lokar: Women and International Relations in Slovenia.