French characters

#EusprYng Episode 9: Meet our French characters

This week meet our French characters: Caroline De Haas, the feminist and Regis Pradal, the intern.

Caroline De Haas, the feminist

Caroline is 33 years old, she is our French political character. She leads the list of “Féministes pour une Solidaire” (FPES) roughly translated as Feminists for a Europe of Solidarity. She worked and campaigned  for a large left Party in France for years. A few weeks ago, she decided  to resign from her, rather comfortable position with them, and lead her own list into the European parliament elections battle. Caroline fights for equal rights for women and men and women’s right to freely dispose of their bodies.

But to start a few weeks before elections day without being an established party with strong financial resources is both courageous and difficult. FPES lists largely depend on donations. The other big challenge for Caroline and her party will be to be able to distribute their ballots in polling stations across France. Indeed, in the European elections it falls upon the lists to provide potential voters with a ballot with their name on it.

Feel free to engage with Caroline on the situation of women in Europe and the political program of her list.

Regis, the intern

Regis is 27 years old, he is a former trainee turned social entrepreneur. While doing his internship at the European Parliament in 2013, Regis realised that even the great democratic institutions do not pay their interns. So a year ago he organised a “sandwich protest”, the only food unpaid interns can afford, in front of the European Parliament in Brussels to denounce the difficult conditions under which he and others were doing their internships. A few months later with the help of two other interns he transformed shameless internship conditions into an idea of social enterprise, Internsgopro was born.

In 2014, despite the highest level of education in human history, young Europeans find little quality internships. Or at least internships that will allow them to get expected experience from future employers and/or internships that will allow them to pay for crazy things like food and housing! Intersgopro therefore offers students, graduates and young unemployed people the possibility to evaluate on line, and in a public manner, the quality of their training, to find training offers and quality jobs across Europe.

Feel free to engage with Régis and participate in the development of a pan-European quality label for internships.