TEPSA Student Paper: “Funding the Future: Showing Solidarity on Gender Equality”, Amy B. Sexton

Amy B. Sexton is a student from the University College Cork, and winner of the TEPSA Student Contest 2021 at the Undergraduate level. We felt that Amy’s excellent paper proposes an innovative approach to the topic discussed, presented in a structured, sustained, and well-argued context.


The determination of Ursula von der Leyen’s Commission to address gender inequality has brought the European Union’s role in ensuring solidarity across genders into focus. Women are suffering disproportionately from the effects of the current pandemic, despite progress on measures such as the Gender Equality Strategy. This paper argues that the challenges of the pandemic highlight the necessity for addressing inequality between genders. Europe must fund the future towards gender equality. Women are part of the recovery, and a union of solidarity as envisioned by Simone Veil, the first female President of the European Parliament, must include tapping into everyone’s potential, regardless of their gender.

You can read Amy’s paper here.