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International Women's Day (IWD) 2024 - 7 March

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On Thursday, 7 March 2024, to celebrate International Women's Day 2024, the FEMM Committee, in collaboration with the National Parliaments, organised an inter-parliamentary committee (ICM) meeting on the topic "Women in Sport".

Women in sport are fighting to ensure that their achievements are recognised equally to their male counterparts, breaking down stereotypes in certain sports that are typically seen as a man's world. Report on abuse scandals affecting women in sports in a variety of fields are well known, as well as the fight of women for equal financial rewards and status. We looked into the issues, as well as celebrated and acknowledged the strides taken and progress made in this field, especially in the context of next year's Paris Olympic Games. The values of sportsmanship, teamwork, as well as social responsibility through sport are respected worldwide.


International Women's Day (IWD) 2023 - 1 March

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On Wednesday, 1 March 2023, to celebrate International Women's Day 2022, the FEMM Committee in collaboration with the National Parliaments, organises an Inter-parliamentary Committee meeting "Gender aspects of Energy poverty".

The purpose of the event is to exchange views with experts and representatives of national parliaments on the explosion of energy poverty that is particularly affecting single mothers and single women. This ICM will explore ways and means in which gender equality considerations can be integrated into policies and initiatives at the EU, national, and local levels. The meeting will be chaired by the FEMM Chair Robert BIEDROŃ. After Introductory remarks and keynote speeches, the ICM will benefit from the contributions of many different speakers.

Please see below for more details on the speakers and the webstreaming of the event.

International Women's Day (IWD) 2022 - 3 March

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To celebrate the International Women's Day 2022, the FEMM Committee in collaboration with the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments, oganised an Inter-parliamentary Committee meeting titled "An ambitious future for Europe's women after COVID-19: mental load, gender equality in teleworking and unpaid care work after the pandemic".

Please note that the agenda of the inter-parliamentary meeting was modified to address the situation in Ukraine and a special guest speakers included President Metsola, French Minister Moreno, Vice-President of the Commission Jourova, Icelandic Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir and Chair of the Verkhovna Rada's Committee on EU integration Klympush-Tsintsadze.

The event was webstreamed. More details below.


International Women's Day (IWD) 2021

Women doctors, women leaders
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The Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM), in collaboration with the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments, organized an Inter-parliamentary Committee Meeting celebrating the IWD 2021 on Thursday, 4 March 2021, from 9.00 to 12.00 entitled "We are strong: Women leading the fight against Covid-19".

This event benefited from the valuable contributions of Heads of States and Governments, Members of the European Parliament and of National Parliaments across the EU, frontline workers and other distinguished guests.

FEMM IWD 2021 provided a global forum for an exchange of experiences and best practices in advancing women's empowerment during crises such as the one triggered by COVID-19.

International Women's Day 2020 - CANCELLED

Demonstration in Berlin, Germany, March 8 2019. The demonstrators are holding a sign that reads Women's Rights are Human Rights in red. Graffiti in the background.
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Please be informed that the FEMM International Women's Day 2020 event which was planned to take place on 5th March 2020 is cancelled. In light of the current outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the President of the European Parliament announced in a press conference last evening that for the course of the next three weeks, 130 events at Parliament premises, which were expected to be attended by 6000 to 7000 participants, are cancelled.
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FEMM, in collaboration with the Directorate for Relations with National Parliaments, had planned to hold an Inter-parliamentary Committee Meeting on "The 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action" to celebrate International Women's Day as a special event, taking a look back on progress achieved on gender equality and forward to anticipate future challenges.