Dec 1, 2016

The founding principle of all the activities of Zdenek and Michaela Bakala is, truly, the courage, which must, according to their belief, always go hand in hand with responsibility.
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Sophie Hall

 

Despite Europe’s enormous prosperity, there is one challenge which every country has yet to overcome; the pervasive inequality of our societies. Having completed a Bachelor’s in political science and history from the University of Zurich, I would like to study how states address these inequalities through a master’s in social policy. Thanks to the Fondation Zdenek et Michaela Bakala, I have the wonderful opportunity of completing an MSc in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford, for which I am very grateful.

Within the context of European social policy, I am particularly interested in gender equality. The EU’s limited social policy provisions are traditionally economically oriented, aimed at inclusion via employment and protecting market forces within the single market – hardly a comprehensive concept of social inclusion. However, one of the oldest items on the EU’s social agenda is gender equality, a subject of both academic and personal interest to me, and I am interested in how European gender equality provisions play into Europe’s diverse welfare systems.

Next to my studies, I am also interested in civic education and youth engagement and am currently the Chair of the Governing Body of the European Youth Parliament.


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