The central aim of this Deliverable 9.5 (Report on the perceptions of political parties in the European Parliament and social movements) is to analyse the positions and opinions of political groups in the European Parliament (EP) and European social movements on civil, political and social rights for women, migrants and minorities in order to understand their views on family-related rights and values, in particular the position of the Committee of the European Parliament on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). The deliverable focuses on the policy issues of free movement of young women, migration and elderly care, and how they are affected by EU level policies, positions and opinions. In this way, we are able to address gender, age, and generation issues, which are key foci of WP9, and, at the same time, link to the distinction between citizens/non-citizens of WP10. Aalborg University has coordinated and executed this task.
The working process included several steps:
– Desktop research to select relevant themes for the analysis.
– Reading and coding all of the relevant policy documents (reports and opinions; see appendix) drafted by the FEMM Committee regarding free movement of young women, migration and elderly care from 2009 to 2014, using a critical frame analysis approach.
– Mapping positions and opinions of political groups on the selected issues and identifying key frames.
– Desk top research on positions and opinions of political groups and civil society organisations (CSOs) on the selected issues as these are communicated on their respective web sites.
– Policy tracing key reports within each area in order to analyse the policy process (debate and amendments in Committee, plenary debate and voting results as well as explanations to votes).
– Conducting, transcribing and analysing interviews with politicians (FEMM Committee MEPs) and civil society representatives (major European organizations in the field).
– Producing data on the descriptive representation of women in the EP and the FEMM Committee.
– Presenting an overview of existing literature related to the work, function and dynamics of the FEMM Committee.