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International women’s day 2014 – demographic findings about women and work
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“Inspiring Change” is the motto of this year’s International Women’s Day on March 8th. One of the biggest changes inspired and achieved by women over the last three decades is their presence in the labour market. Based on an OECD-average, the labour market participation rate for women aged 25 to 54 increased from 54% in 1980 to 71% in 2010. This increase is closely linked to demographic developments, so in preparation of the upcoming International Women’s Day 2014 Population Europe presents four demographic findings about women and work.
Childhood disadvantages don’t have to turn into lifetime obstacles
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When it comes to children, most European societies are facing a troubling paradox: Despite our concerns about declining birth rates, many of the (relatively) few children we have do not receive adequate support. Child poverty levels are high, and even increasing in many countries, and educational opportunities are still too low and distributed unfairly, all of which can have long-term impacts. And though a lack of money, books or other barriers to having a happy childhood - such as parents separating - may be regarded as purely family affairs, there is still a lot that can be done by society. Institutions that support children early on can stop childhood disadvantages from turning into life-time obstacles – this is the main message of two workshops where multi-disciplinary researchers, European policy makers and NGO-representatives analysed the impact of poor socio-economic background and family disruptions on the life chances of children.
Anti gay attitudes die hard, says a new study presented by Population Europe
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The heated debate following the self-outing of footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger, former player in the English premiere league and the German national team, has shown once again that homophobia is still an unresolved issue. A new study by the sociologists Judit Takács and Ivett Szalma shows, that acceptance of homosexuality is still especially low in the following countries: Turkey, Ukraine, Russia, Romania, Croatia, Lithuania and Estonia. The most homophobic countries also tend to have the most traditional views on gender relations. The researchers further point out that “in the first decade of the 21st century the positive trend of greater acceptance, that could previously be observed in the post-socialist countries, has mostly come to a standstill.”
The JPI Data Map – a new approach to demographic data
Reliable and acessible data are vital for both policy-makers and scientists. The Data Mapping Project of the Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) "More Years - Better Lives" provides a comprehensive overview of where to find appropriate data for cross-disciplinary approaches and evidence-based decision-making in the context of ageing.
Social demography in times of economic crisis – Interview with Prof. Francesco Billari on the occasion of World Population Day 2013
Inequalities are on the rise in Europe. Prof. Francesco Billari, Professor of Sociology and Demography at the University of Oxford and new President of the Population Europe’s Council of Advisors, explains future population trends and what kind of political and research funding measures are needed in order to meet these challenges.
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Interview partners from across Europe only a few clicks away
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Population Europe offers its rich pool of expert knowledge: In our press section, more than 120 online expert profiles can be filtered by country and topic. In addition to the thematic focus, the personal profiles include information about the languages in which questions can be addressed, about the regional or country focus of the expert’s research, and up-to-date contact information.
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International Workers’ Day 2013: Reasons to continue working past the current retirement age
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To keep economic growth and public pension systems sustainable in an ageing Europe, there are no other options, but to extend the working phase beyond the age of 65. However, large sections of the working population, as well as workers' organizations and trade unions still have severe doubts. On the occasion of the International Workers’ Day on May 1st, Population Europe provides research-based and compelling facts about underlying demographic developments and gives insight into employers’ and employees’ perspectives on the timing of retirement.
Broken Arms – Population & Policy Compact 05/2013
In the last decade, Europe’s armed forces have been increasingly shaped by an extended role set, in which worldwide responsibilities are added to the traditional tasks aimed at the security and integrity of national territory. Afghanistan, Mali and Iraq are only some examples of such peacekeeping and nation-building missions. But how will these newly assumed responsibilities be affected by population ageing? This rarely considered connection between demographic change and security is explored in the new issue of Population & Policy Compact.
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International Women’s Day 2013: Ageing Well?
When getting older, women face higher risks of poverty and insufficient care than men. Demographic Experts from the Population Europe network analyze the reasons and suggest adaptations in social policies
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Riding the Population Wave: Myths are of no avail in meeting the demographic challenge
‘Do not focus on inevitable changes in the demographic age structure but invest in education and the population’s cognitive abilities’ – this is one of the key messages of the new issue of the policy brief “Population and Policy Compact”. Axel Börsch-Supan, Agnieszka Chłoń-Domińczak, and Vegard Skirbekk, leading scientists of the Population Europe network, explain that the investment in human capital is essential to compensate the effects of population ageing and keep economic prosperity. Life-long learning activities, especially targeting older age groups and individuals with lower educational attainment, are needed to increase the productivity of tomorrow’s shrinking and ageing workforce.
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