Bursting the Bubble

Alexandra Zalafӧldi

Alexandra Zalafӧldi

About Alexandra

Alex is a founding member of EuropeanPublicAffairs.EU.


Coming from the beautiful capital of Hungary, Budapest, where I earned my BA Degree as an International Relations Expert, I was determined to continue my studies in the field of culture. After one year of a Cultural Diplomacy and European Affairs MA programme at Pàzmàny Péter Catholic University in Budapest, I continued my studies through the European Public Affairs MA in the beautiful city of Maastricht. This programme gave me the opportunity to combine these two fields and specialize in EU cultural policy.


The other area that I’m passionately interested in, and have spent my last four years with is that of gender-equality, with a special focus on women’s political rights. I embarked on this path during my BA studies after realising that in Central-Eastern European countries, there is still a lot of work to be done in making gender-equality a reality.


I feel really at ‘home’ on this site since I have a truly ‘European’ origin with (besides Hungarian) Croatian, Italian and Austrian ancestors, as well as being a freelance journalist with a passion to share my thoughts on the topics of my interest.


Feel free to contact me in English, German, French and Hungarian at: *protected email* or follow me on Twitter: @a_zalafoldi


Articles by Alexandra:

Once a burden, always a burden: how women cope with always entering the race with “race card two”?

21 November 2014

At the Journalist Thematic Network Meeting in Rome, experts of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) proved with data that discrimination accompanies the lives of women from early childhood through to their senior years. This year it is 20 years ago since the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA) was adopted at the 4th UN […]

Women’s better access to various forms of employment is both opportunity and stimulus for economic growth

4 July 2014

A stronger focus on supporting women in accessing the labour market can contribute significantly to the Europe 2020 agenda according to a new report by the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE). At the same time, the Institute warns against mixing ‘bogus’ self‐employment with real full‐time jobs.

The Situation of an Unduly Neglected Human Right in the EU

18 April 2014

From a cultural human rights perspective, the European Union represents a rather unique case. Instead of developing its own policy, it rather, on the one hand, works in conjunction with and becomes party to the documents of other international organisations with a focus on culture and cultural rights, such as the UNESCO and the Council […]

EIGE Report Reveals: Economic crisis hit gender-equality institutions first

25 November 2013

On 21-22 November, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) invited journalists and communications experts from many of the Member States to Vilnius in order to present the latest findings on ‘Institutional mechanisms for the advancement of gender equality‘. This meeting – the fifth of its kind – was special in at least two aspects. […]

Pakistani Girl, Malala, in the Footsteps of Russian Andrei Sakharov

16 October 2013

Pakistani schoolgirl and campaigner for girl’s education, Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban last year, has won the EU’s Sakharov human rights prize. She will be invited to receive the award at a ceremony in Strasbourg on 20 November. Malala gave her first public speech in September 2008, entitled, “How dare […]

No wonder: more women are needed beyond the screen

26 July 2013

At the end of June, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) invited journalists, communications experts and officials from almost all the Member States to Dublin to present its latest findings on the topic chosen by the Irish Presidency, ‘Women and Media’.

First Gender Equality Index Reveals Gender Equality is Only ‘Half-Reality’ For The EU

28 June 2013

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) launched the first Gender Equality Index for the European Union on 13 June. ’The Index, the fruit of three years of hard work shows differences in outcomes between women and men at the individual level in EU Member States’ said Virginija Langbakk, the Director of EIGE in her opening speech. […]