The UN Women conference "Spring forward for women" will take place on 5 November 2014 from 9:00 to 18:30 and will be hosted by the Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee of the European parliament. The conference aims to bring together women parliamentarians from the Arab States region and members of the European Parliament to foster expertise, experience sharing and networking around key issues of gender equality and women’s empowerment in both the European Union and the Arab States region. The programme will be available shortly.
The EU and the global development framework after 2015: exchange of views
FEMM Members held a first of exchange of views on the draft opinion to the DEVE own-initiative report on "the EU and the global development framework after 2015".
Other than underlining the importance of gender equality as a stand-alone goal for the post-2015 development framework, the draftsperson Ms Malin Björk drew attention to gender equality and international trade, the fight against poverty from a feminist point of view and LGBT groups. The draft opinion will be adopted on 6 of November.
The EU Strategy for equality between women and men post 2015: first exchange of views
On 13 October, FEMM Members held a first exchange of views on the own-initiative report on "The EU Strategy for equality between women and men post 2015", in view of the new Strategy to be drafted by the European Commission in order to review the current six priority areas and evaluate the progress made. FEMM report will be drafted by Ms Noichl (S&D) and will serve as an input from the European Parliament to the Commission on the new Strategy.
Equality between Women and Men in 2013: hearing
Every year, FEMM committee adopts a report on "Progress in equality between women and men in the EU". After the first exchange of views held on 24 September, the Public hearing held on 13 October will serve as additional input to the work of the draftsperson, Mr Tarabella. Ms Genoveva Tisheva, Managing Director of the Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation, and Ms Claudia Menne, Confederal Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, presented their views namely on the issue of violence against women and on gender mainstreaming in public policies. Their interventions were followed by a questions and answers' session with the Members of the FEMM committee.