The EST Working Group (WG) on Gender Equality aims at providing young professionals a platform to raise awareness by voicing their opinions and knowledge on the topic and importance of gender equality within Europe. Our WG also focuses on the involvement of topics relating but not limited to LGBTQ+, gender based violence and the importance of involving everyone in the gender equality discussion.
In accordance with a study conducted by International Women’s Day, only one in ten people believe there are more advantages to being a woman: we must change these statistics, not allowing for any gender or sexual orientation to be perceived as more advantageous over the other. Gender equality is a topic that is based on inclusiveness rather than divisiveness, a movement that aims to result in more equity among our population.
By improving gender equality, there is a spill-over effect which stimulates the economy and results in an increase in life satisfaction rates. The EU scores 67.9 out of 100 possible points on the Gender Equality Index, signalling that there is still a long path that lies ahead in order to achieve gender equality. Between 2010-2020, the score has only grown by 4.1 points, and with an average bi-annual improvement of only one point, it would take more than 60 years for the EU to achieve gender equality. The working group therefore discusses and analyses different policies and time-critical topics on the imperative issue of gender equality.
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Tabea Boeglin is the Head of the Working Group. She is currently pursuing her LL.M. in Globalisation and Law, specialising in Human Rights at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. In 2020, she graduated from IE University in Madrid, Spain, with a dual degree Bachelor in Laws and International Relations. During her summers, Tabea has taken on various internships where she translated her knowledge into actual work. She worked as a legal intern in Switzerland, where she worked and met with clients and drafted the necessary documents. In 2019, she worked as an intern for the Embassy of Spain in Bern, where she translated important documents as well as advised citizens on Spanish and Swiss law, and acted as a COP25 legal researcher for Legal Response International. Throughout her studies and internships, Tabea was able to discover where her true passions lie, which include human rights, development and working towards gender equality. She hopes to make a difference by conducting valuable research on how gender equality can be achieved and what it takes to overcome daily obstacles as well as eliminating them in the long run. Other interests include travelling and learning about different cultures, sports and reading.
Antonella Cariello is a member of the Working Group on Gender Equality since 2019. She is currently Regional Program Officer for Europe, an NGO working to establish Empowerment Self-Defense as the key violence prevention strategy for women and vulnerable populations. She is working to adopt an intersectional lens and considering the specific challenges that LGBTIQ+ community have to face. This engagement is also present in her work at EST. In her research, she tries to prioritize those needs and problems that are often sided, because for her research is the place where no one can be left behind. Antonella is keen to look at all social, legal and cultural biases based on gender identity and sexual orientation that limits the access to rights and opportunities. Antonella holds a MA in International Cooperation and Protection of Human Rights with a study on the criminalization of homosexuality in Tunisia. She has previously worked as Research Assistant at Tampere Peace Research Institute (Finland). She has published a peer-review article on the EST European Policy Review Vol. 3 No.1.”
Mehak Gauba is from Singapore with Indian origins. She is currently pursuing her Postgraduate Law Degree (GDL) from the University of Law in Bristol, UK. She graduated from IE University in Madrid, Spain, with a Dual Degree in the Bachelor of Business Administration and Law. During her undergraduate degree, she has had a variety of industry work placements with law firms, businesses, and NGOs as well. She has worked at law firms in Singapore, Spain, and India. She has also worked with the UN Women and the Humanitarian Organization of Migration Economics (HOME) in Singapore. Through her work experience at the UN Women and HOME, she furthered her knowledge on the ongoing issue of Gender Inequality in developed countries; how legislation is utilized to advocate for the protection of women and to create Gender-Neutral societies.
Mehak received a first for her LLB Thesis on the ICC´s ability to prosecute Gender-Based Crimes globally, through which she uncovered the Gender Inequality present in different societies and the prosecution of these crimes. As part of the EST´s Working Group on Gender Equality, she is keen to look into the Liberal Feminism theory and the Third World Feminism Theory too. In her free time, Mehak enjoys volunteering, yoga, dancing, and explores Europe’s diverse cuisines.
Caitlin Masoliver is currently working in the international NGO sector as a project management assistant.
She holds an MA in International Conflict Studies from King’s College London, and previously graduated with a BA in International Relations from Maastricht University. While studying in Maastricht, her interests in politics and international relations led her to focus on international law and foreign policy. At King’s College London, reading Feminist Theory, she discovered her passion for exploring the role of gender mainstreaming in law and policymaking, and how gender-sensitive frameworks can contribute to advancing gender equality. Caitlin has since adopted a gender lens in her past work, such as her master’s thesis and time as a Research Intern, and looks forward to continuing doing so as a member of the EST Working Group on Gender Equality.
Princess Mukuka is a 3rd year International Student currently studying LLB Law at Anglia Ruskin University in the United Kingdom. She has always wanted to focus on issues dealing with social policy, human rights and humanitarianism due to her passion for equality and world change. The immense amount of inequality faced by women in Southern Africa such as the high rate of domestic abuse first sparked her interest in the need to promote Gender Equality. She is currently working as a Black and Minority Ethnic Student Advocate intending to create awareness within the University about the effects of racial inequality while equally promoting diversity and inclusivity. Princess wants to pursue an LLM in International Human Rights Law and to take every opportunity she has to actively contribute to the issues surrounding Gender Equality within Europe. During her free time she enjoys teaching and playing chess, she also enjoys volunteering at the Citizens Advice Bureau once a week, travelling, creating fashion look books and cooking.