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International Women's Day 2013-Events in Brussels

Every year the European Parliament celebrates International Women's Day with an event that brings together European and national MPs from parliamentary committees for equal opportunities. How women have been affected by the crisis will be the theme of this year's International Women's Day on Friday 8 March and Parliament is organising a wide range of activities to highlight the issue. It is hosting an interparliamentary meeting on Thursday from 9.00 CET as well as a workshop for journalists on Wednesday from 10.00 CET.

The discussions will focus on why women have been affected more by the crisis and the subsequent austerity measures. Participants will look at how far reaching the consequences are and debate what Parliament can do to support women in such challenging times.  

Workshop for Journalists: Women and the economic crisis-Wednesday 6 March from 11.15-13.00 CET:

Discussion Panel on Women's Response to the crisis-Thursday 7 March from 9.00-12.30 CET

Three discussion panels are foreseen, focusing on the following topics:

- Financial and economic crisis and its effects on women: "wise women" - best practices from women-professionals
- Overcoming the crisis - Experiences and best practices from  National Parliaments
- How can the EU support Member States in strengthening women's social and economic rights during the crisis?

Members of the European and National Parliaments will have the opportunity to share their views about the effects of the crisis on gender equality and the situation of women. Another objective is to share best practices and experiences from successful women professionals on how women can face the challenges during the crisis and also how to see the opportunities in these challenges.

Follow live Workshop for Journalists: 6 March 11.15 CET
Draft programme Thursday 8th March
Follow live Discussion Panel: 8 March, 9.00 CET
Draft report on the impact of the economic crisis on gender equality and women’s rights
Crisis: why women need employment policies that work
Women in the workplace: MEPs call for higher female presence on corporate boards