The Thinking Watermill Society: "Women’s political power and adoption of legislative measures for Gender equality"

Prof. Laura Zoboli edited the book "Women’s political power and adoption of legislative measures for Gender equality", the second book of The Thinking Watermill Bricks Collection. An initiative wanted by the President of The Thinking Watermill Society, Caterina Luciani, supported by Pavia e Ansaldo. Leaders League shares in the article below the introduction to the work and its main goals.

Posted mercredi, janvier 25 2023
The Thinking Watermill Society: "Women’s political power and adoption of legislative measures for Gender equality"

One of our promo videos states: we share and thrive on ideas.

This is one of our statutory objectives: sharing ideas and promoting debates among members and outside of the organization.

From this concept, in 2021 we created a book collection called The Thinking Watermill Bricks. Books as bricks used not to build walls but to create bridges towards a sustainable future.

The first book “The work of the women in the Covid-10 pandemic times”, edited by prof. Laura Zoboli and the president of The Thinking Watermill Society Caterina Luciani features articles by various authors sharing their experiences and opinions (the book was supported by Dynamo Academy, iDEE - Associazione delle donne del credito cooperativo and CMS).

In December 2022, a second book was published as part of the same collection. Its title is “Women’s political power and adoption of legislative measures for Gender equality” and was edited by prof. Laura Zoboli, with a preface by Lia Quartapelle, Italian MEP who – among her many initiatives in this respect – recently contributed to a proposal for a law on compulsory paternity leave.

The underlying idea is to assess whether and to which extent the growth of women representation in the parliaments of various countries is proportional to the adoption of legislative measures in support of women, as well as to look for further possible correlations and trends.

The work has been performed by young researchers of different nationalities and with different backgrounds under the supervision of Laura Zoboli. As the President Caterina Luciani highlights: “It is indeed a work made by a group of young persons that somehow express the core nature of the organization: persons with different nationalities most of whom are women, sharing ideas and working on specific topics, researching data and improving the results by sharing and comparing them”.

Specifically, the nine countries under analysis in this work were Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom and the team consisted of Italian, Dutch, French, Kenyan, Spanish and Ugandan researchers who conducted their analysis looking at the present and the future and thinking outside the box. In particular, the researchers who worked on the project (not in alphabetical order) are: Flavia Sincere Inzikuru, Giulia Romana Mele, Henry Fumagalli, Orsolina Fortini, Kimberley Mureithi, Cheptum Toroitich, Giacomo Di Giulio, Arianna Paoletti, Cristina Di Stazio, Giverny Van Heemstra, Javier Vincente Garcia and Maria Angela Wangui Maina. Caterina Luciani assisted prof. Zoboli in the review of the papers.

The main goal was to assess how women’s representation in selected parliaments and other public authorities has grown and how many “gender laws” have been adopted in the same period. The period under observation goes from the 2000 to the 2020.

With this book, we believe that one more brick has been pulled out from a wall to make a bridge: a bridge among people who live in different countries and who now share information that they did not share before. Each reader will have the opportunity to see how a significant portion of Europe is changing in the field of gender equality, what kind of different measures are being taken and to learn from what the team has discovered.

Moreover, since we are committed to the preservation of the Planet, in conjunction with the printing of the book, we planted 50 trees in Argentina through zeroCO2 (we are planting trees in various areas of the Planet that we call The Thinking Watermill Woods). Furthermore, any revenues from the sale of the book will be used to plant new trees, anywhere on the Planet, because we have no boundaries, even if our headquarters are in Rome.

Last but not the least, this book was published with the support of Pavia e Ansaldo Law Firm and Salute e Società ODV.