European Women’s Day: it was the best of times, it was the worst of times!

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It is too easy to fall in the trap of self-congratulation on 8 March, European Women’s Day. Admittedly, we’ve come a long way when it comes to women’s rights. We have female heads of state and female astronauts, Nobel Prize winners and acclaimed artists.

But we also have women working in slave-like conditions, producing goods for EU companies, within and outside the Union. And as the tragic assassination of Berta Caceras reminded us last week, women campaigning against human and environmental exploitation are still losing their lives because they dare demand justice.