Marine Betrancourt

The European Union desperately needs change, the status quo is no longer an option. As a young European woman, I see 3 main challenges to be tackled within the European Parliament: Education, gender equality and a green and sustainable democracy. Since I was 17, I have been involved in a pan-European youth organisation striving for a [...]

The European Union desperately needs change, the status quo is no longer an option. As a young European woman, I see 3 main challenges to be tackled within the European Parliament: Education, gender equality and a green and sustainable democracy.

Since I was 17, I have been involved in a pan-European youth organisation striving for a more diverse and democratic Europe. My civic engagement had a cost, and in parallel to my public law and international relations studies, I had to work in precarious job so I could make ends meet. Therefore I worked as a waitress and a cashier for several years. There, I witnessed the precarious working conditions and the impact that austerity measures had on low-income workers. For over 2 years, I am now working as Communication officer of JEF Europe, a pan-European youth organisation striving for a more democratic, just and integrated Europe. As a 25-year old young woman, I believe it is my duty to represent my generation, which is the present and the future of a new European Union and to move the lines towards a more inclusive, green and tolerant European society. European Spring, by its European & transnational nature, triggered me, as a young French woman living in Belgium to actually take that step towards a progressive Europe.