Nov 12, 2021 • 5M

This week on Arbury Road

8th of November - 14th of November

Katren Rogers
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Interested in a more progressive Europe? Join the Arbury Road magazine team for a relaxed and friendly discussion about the latest developments in European politics and current affairs.
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✍️ One year of Arbury Road

Yesterday, we released this piece written by my co-Editor-In-Chief, Paco Martino Ruzzante, who reviewed the first year of Arbury Road. It was a tough year, in the middle of a pandemic, and there were a lot of challenges. But the project developed and we managed to grow both the team and our ambitions. Paco writes that ‘When together with a group of friends and colleagues we decided to start Arbury Road, it was probably the worst moment to begin such an undertaking’, but ‘sometimes the worst time is also the time when something is needed most’:

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One year of Arbury Road
When together with a group of friends and colleagues we decided to start Arbury Road it was probably the worst moment to begin such an undertaking. The pandemic had just hit and the world was closed. We were all in lockdown and the vaccines seemed a distant hope. We could not hold an in-person meeting, nor a launch event, or organise fundraising. Even w…
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🇪🇺 In Europe this week:


🇵🇱 Protests in Poland

We saw Poles march against the abortion ban that was brought in last October, after thirty-year-old Izabela died from complications of an unviable pregnancy.

On 22nd October 2020, the Polish Constitutional Court ruled that it was unconstitutional for women to terminate their pregnancies even in cases of severe and irreversible foetal defects, leading to a near-total ban on abortion.

The European Parliament has declared the decision illegitimate, because it undermines the self-determination of Polish women by endangering their lives.

We are pleased that the the parliament has taken this stance, and we believe that the EU has a duty to defend the rights of women to decide what happens to their own bodies, not least - but also not only - in the case of medical need.


🇵🇱🇧🇾Humanitarian crisis at the Belarusian Border

At the border between Poland and Belarus, a new humanitarian crisis is developing.

After the European Union imposed sanctions on Minsk last June over serious human rights violations, the government of Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko has retaliated by pushing thousands of migrants into neighbouring EU member countries, who in response have sealed their borders.

This political tug of war has turned the eastern borders of the Union into a sometimes life-threatening place for thousands of asylum seekers.

We believe that the European Union must remain firm in its principles, refusing to abandon the rule of law, but also upholding the principle of acceptance towards those who flee from wars or humanitarian crises.

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Equal Pay day

10th November was #equalpayday, the symbol of wage inequality between women and men in Europe. Within the EU, women are paid an hourly equivalent of 14.1% less than men on average. That’s almost two months of salary, so from now until the end of the year, women start working for free.

We recently published two podcasts on the topic, if you’d like to learn more:

1️⃣ With Alessandra Moretti, MEP for the S&D group and member of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality.

2️⃣ On the Gender Pay Gap in Europe and the law on equal pay recently passed in Italy with Alessia Pittelli Giorgia Cazzola and Paco Martino Ruzzante.

🎙 Both podcasts are in Italian 🇮🇹 but with English subtitles on youtube.


🇩🇪 Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

This week also marked the 32nd anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which symbolised the road to the reunification of Germany. The country had been divided for over four decades after the end of the Second World War.

On this anniversary, we celebrate living in a Europe without borders, but we recognise that today the battle for freedom and equality on the continent is still raging, with close neighbours struggling to free themselves from authoritarian power. We support those who fight this battle for an even more united Europe that guarantees a fair and decent life for all who make this place their home.

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That’s our summary of this week on Arbury Road. If you’d like to see more from us, you can follow us on facebook, twitter, and instagram for updates throughout the week, and subscribe to us on youtube, spotify, or your favourite podcast platform. If you enjoy our content, please take a moment to like and share our posts, and invite your friends to subscribe to this newsletter on our website. As a grassroots organisation, this really helps us. We are driven by volunteers and even if you’re not able to make a donation sharing our work is a great contribution!

We keep fighting next week for a fairer Europe, a stronger EU and a more sustainable world.