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An inter-parliamentary committee meeting on the empowerment of women and girls in the media and ICT sectors will be held at the EP in Brussels on Thursday.

EU Commissioners Vĕra Jourová and Mariya Gabriel, MEPs and 27 MPs from 17 EU national parliaments and Norway will be among the participants in this inter-parliamentary meeting, marking International Women’s Day (IWD).


After introductions by European Parliament President Antonio Tajani and EU Commissioner for gender equality Vĕra Jourová, as well as keynote speeches by Director of Les Suffragettes’ Sarah Gavron and by the founder of MadwomenFest festival Pilar Jurado, the event will be divided into three debates:


- Women shaping media,

- Empowering women and girls through digital inclusion, and

- Women’s movements on the rise: advancing equality in the digital age


Closing remarks will be delivered by EP Vice-President, Chair of the High-level Group on Gender Equality and Diversity, Dimitrios Papadimoulis, and Chair of the EP Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Vilija Blinkevičiūtė.


Here is the full programme


WHEN: Thursday 8 March – 09.00/12.30
WHERE: József Antall building (JAN), room 2Q2


You can follow the event live here.


A related report by Michaela Šojdrová (EPP, CZ) on gender equality in the media sector will be debated and put to a vote by Parliament as a whole at the March plenary session in Strasbourg next week.


Seminar for journalists


On Wednesday 7 March, the EP press service will hold a seminar for journalists on the same topic. Speakers will include members of the Gender Equality Committee and outside experts including Saskia Van Uffelen (CEO of Ericsson Belux, Belgium), Kamila Sidor (founder of Geek Girls Carrots, Poland) and Inge Bell (deputy CEO of Terre des Femmes, Germany). Journalists Marta Garcia-Aller and Hadjar Benmiloud will also take part, along with actress Asia Argento, who spoke out about alleged sexual assault at the hands of Harvey Weinstein.


You can follow the seminar live here.