I am glad the time has come for the EU to accede to the Istanbul Convention

After years of talking and endless calls for the EU to accede to the Istanbul Convention, I am very glad the time has finally come. Continue reading


Julie spoke in the plenary chamber on the 10th February 2015 about the End FGM campaign.  Continue reading

Julie speaks out against female genital mutilation

Labour MEPs today called for the EU to set out its plan of action to combat female genital mutilation (FGM). Continue reading

Julie speak on the situation of sexual violence survivors in Kosovo

In April Julie was part of a Parliamentary delegation to Kosovo, where she met with MPs, official, NGO and grassroot activists. Julie also met with women survivors of sexual violence during the war there.    Continue reading

International Women's Day 2017

This year we must use International Women’s Day to demonstrate our resolve and resistance. With a misogynist anti-woman administration in the White House, and a conservative far-right anti-gender movement sweeping Europe, we can no longer take for granted the rights that feminist activists have fought to achieve over so many years.   Continue reading

MEPs adopt an ambitious strategy on gender equality in mental health

The European Parliament adopted today a report laying out a strategy on promoting gender equality in mental health and clinical trials, which Julie co-authored.   Continue reading

Gender Equality in Mental Health and Why it's Important

This article was published in the European Parliament Magazine There are few concepts that are so poorly understood in Western culture as mental health and well-being. Our societies have been excellent at improving our physical health and extending our life expectancy, but mental health has always been subjected to stigma and prejudice. Historically, this has especially applied to women. Eccentric women were labelled as witches and burnt. A woman’s alleged “emotional instability” was attributed to the uterus travelling around the body, and this is where the word “hysteria” comes from.     Continue reading

Labour MEPs: UK must back EU measures to tackle VAT fraud and tampon tax

The UK government must back EU action to combat cross-border VAT fraud and agree to a tax exemption on key items like sanitary products and renewable energy. Continue reading

Feminist State of the Union

As European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker delivered the annual State of the Union speech to the European Parliament, a group of 52 young feminists from across Europe has put together a feminist State of the Union.   Continue reading

The European Parliament sets out a new progressive agenda for work-life balance across Europe

The European Parliament has adopted a new strategy on work-life balance, highlighting the need for a push for gender equality in the workforce and in the workplace.   Continue reading