International Women's Day 2018: Gender & Brexit - 22/03/2018
Why women's voices are important
The European Parliament Office in the UK, with Gender five plus (G5+), the first European Feminist Think Tank, is hosting a
discussion on Gender and Brexit for this year's annual International Women's Day event.
The EU has been a significant player for the promotion of gender equality in Europe. In the UK,
too, women have benefitted from European legislation as well as specific EU funding
opportunities. The promotion of equal pay for work of equal value, the prohibition of
discrimination on grounds of sex, and the guarantee of a minimum of maternity leave are some
examples of where the EU has made a difference for millions of women. Moreover, around 6
billion Euros in 2019 have been allocated by the European Union to research, actions and
programs, earmarked to close the gender pay gap, address female poverty or fighting violence
Will this be all lost to British women once the UK has left the Union? Could equality legislation
be rolled back and will young female researchers be prevented from partaking in the funding of
studies in support of gender equality? Why are there almost no women in the Brexit negotiations
and what could be done to safeguard the existing equality legislation?
While it is still too early to understand all the ramifications of Brexit for women in the UK, there
is still time to influence the current negotiations to address the specific needs and demands of
These are some of the questions that will be addressed at a special event, organized by Gender
Five Plus. A G5+ report on “feminists and women’s organisations roles and concerns” with Brexit
will be presented by its author, Alice Chilcott. Then Mary Honeyball MEP, Gloria Mills for the
TUC and two renowned academics on gender issue, Jill Rubery and Roberta Guerrina will offer
their views before a discussion with the audience.
11.30-12.00 Welcome (coffee, tea and pastries)
12.00-12.05 Opening by Agnes HUBERT, president of G5+
Chair: Eva Eberhardt/Rapporteur: Barbara Helfferich/Moderator: Agnès Hubert
12.05-12.15 Gloria Mills President of the ETUC Women’s Committee
12.15-12.35 Alice Chilcott, Gender Expert, on the report commissioned by G5+: Brexit through a gender lens, demands and concerns by women
12.35-12.45 Dr Jill Rubery, the University of Manchester, "Advancing gender equality in employment pre- and post- Brexit"
12.45-12.55 Dr Roberta Guerrina, University of Surrey,"Unpacking the gendered consequences of Brexit"
12.55-13.05 Mary Honeyball, MEP “Gender and Brexit: role of the European Parliament”
13.05-13.55 Discussion with the audience
13.55-14.00 Concluding remarks
International Women’s Day 2018: women in media and ICT
For this year's International Women's Day the European Parliament is stressing the importance of the role women play in media and ICT.
The media and information and communication technology (ICT) sectors are among the most competitive and influential industries in the EU and further afield. It is therefore very important that women are as equally represented as men in these sectors. Parliament is of the view that more incentives are needed to get women into higher positions in the world of media and to encourage young girls to choose ICT as a career path.