Parliament kicks off its first Gender Equality Week

The programme includes hearings and debates about women’s empowerment

The European Parliament will hold its first ever European Gender Equality Week from 26 to 29 October, initiated by the Women’s Rights Committee. All events will be livestreamed. 

The 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action is an important landmark that provides an opportunity to discuss the achievements and future challenges for the advancement of girls' and women's rights and gender equality.

All EP Committees have been invited to either hold a debate, a presentation, an exchange of views, or a hearing on topics related to gender equality, and many of them replied favourably.

The Civil Liberties Committee will hold a hearing on human trafficking on Monday evening, the new special Committee on Beating Cancer will hold a public hearing on “Beating breast cancer: challenges and opportunities” on Tuesday afternoon, and the sub-committee on Human Rights will organise an exchange of views with prominent women activists on Wednesday morning.

I am glad that so many bodies of the European Parliament responded to our invitation and join us to celebrate the first European Gender Equality Week, commented ahead of the event Women’s Rights Committee Chair Evelyn Regner, Austrian MEP from S&D Group. According to her, it will bring fresh perspectives to the long battle for women’s empowerment and gender equality. 

In her words it has become even more important now with the outbreak and foreseeable aftermath of Covid-19. Since the outbreak, we are witnessing a range of devastating effects on women and, more generally, on gender equality, she said adding that “it is high time that we give gender mainstreaming more visibility and recognition in all policy areas in order to ensure that the 21st century indeed becomes that of women," Evelyn Regner also stressed.

The Women’s Rights Committee, associated with many of these events, will also hold its own event on Thursday at which the Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), Carlien Scheele, will present the findings of the Gender Equality Index 2020, with a special focus on digitalisation in the world of work and its consequences for gender equality.

Some other Committees that were unable to participate this time have committed to look into gender mainstreaming aspects in their fields of competences later this year.


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