21-11-2018 11:00
Children victims or witnesses of gender-based violence – Hearing – 21.11.2018

JAN, Room 4Q1
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Domestic violence is a violation of children's rights whether they are victims themselves or witnesses of violence in the family. Domestic violence has a harmful effect on the development of children. The exposure to gender-based violence denies children their right to a safe and stable home environment. Domestic violence against children has many different manifestations and can be in the form of sexual violence, physical and/or psychological violence.

FEMM Members address via the exchange of views with the five experts invited, the problem of children who are victims of gender-based violence, both as witness or as direct victims and who, in some cases, lose their mother killed by their father.

10-10-2018 09:30
The Women’s role in preventing radicalisation in the world - Hearing - 10.10.2018

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With the right information and tools, prevention is the best weapon against radicalisation, in which women are so fundamental. This, however, is often missed by legislators. This hearing will discuss how with proper collaboration, information and experience sharing, women can become agents of change and a centrepiece of the prevention strategy.

The quality of our speakers will allow us to analyse the phenomenon of violent radicalization and the role that women can play in preventing it from several perspectives. We will have the opportunity to get a first-hand input from two speakers who have had direct contact with radicals and with their mothers. The academic perspective will bring us data in order to enrich our understanding of violent radicalization. Finally, the link with the external dimension of the EU will show us how the different EU policies, internal and external, combine in order to combat extremism in the world.

27-09-2018 11:00
Gender equal workplaces: best practices & use of care services - Hearing

Jozsef Antall building, Room 4Q1
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The purpose of the hearing is to identify and share the best practices for enhancing equality between women and men in the workplace as implemented by employers (big companies) as well as to discuss the practical implications of a developed network of care services for women's participation at the labour market.

The most important areas to be covered in the hearing are: improving work-life balance through development of care services, reducing the pay gap and mentoring programmes for women. The contributions will be offered by employers, business partners and trade unions.

09-07-2018 15:00
Tackling the Gender Pay Gap – Hearing – 9.7.2018

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The hearing aimed at analysing the proposals included in the EU Action Plan 2017-2019 on Tackling the Gender Pay Gap presented by the Commission in November 2017. The event counted the participation of the Director General of Justice and Consumers as well as representatives from both employers and employees and academia. The Action Plan presents ongoing and upcoming measures taken by the Commission to combat the gender pay gap.

The Action Plan, that is accompanied by an Evaluation Report of the Pay Transparency Recommendation adopted by the Commission in 2014, prioritizes 8 areas for action:
• Improving the application of the equal pay principle
• Combating segregation in occupations and sectors
• Breaking the ceiling: initiatives to combat vertical segregation
• Tackling the care penalty
• Better valorizing women's skills, efforts and responsibilities
• Fighting the fog: unveiling inequalities and stereotypes
• Alerting and informing about the gender pay gap
• Lending hands: enhancing partnerships to tackle the gender pay gap

20-06-2018 11:00
Gender Budgeting: State of Play and way forward - Hearing - 20.6.2018

Altiero Spinelli, room 5G3, Brussels
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The Council of Europe defines gender budgeting as a 'gender based assessment of budgets incorporating a gender perspective at all levels of the budgetary process and restructuring revenues and expenditures in order to promote gender equality'. The FEMM Committee discussed this sensitive issue especially in the framework of the future MFF and in relation to the implementation of the Daphne program.

The hearing counted the participation of researchers and practitioners in the field of budgeting, gender and social affairs. The outcome of the event provided a key input for an oral question and a resolution to be tabled on behalf of FEMM.

15-05-2018 11:00
The situation of migrant women workers in rural areas and farms in the EU - Hearing

European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli building, Room 1G-3, Brussels
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The FEMM committee held an event on the situation of women migrant workers in rural areas and farms in the EU. The aim of the hearing was to look into the working and living conditions of these women and to investigate how their abuse can be prevented and how they could be better protected.

The subject of the hearing was introduced by 3 key note speakers, analysing the situation of migrant women from the more field related to the more academic angle. The hearing was followed by the presentation of a study commissioned by the policy department.

19-02-2018 15:00
Women as agents of change in the Southern Partnership States – Hearing – 19.02.2018

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The Hearing aimed at exploring in which ways women are and can be agents of change in the Southern Partnership States. It also looked into the specific difficulties that women face in these countries and how root-based organisations tackle them.

The event counted with the participation of activists from the partner countries along with experts from regional networks devoted to support women's rights. The hearing will be a valuable input for a future own initiative report which rapporteur is Ms Maria Arena (S&D, Belgium).

16-10-2017 15:00
EU strategy against women’s cancers

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One in three Europeans develops cancer during his or her lifetime, which is an immense social and economic cost for the EU. Certain forms of cancer, such as breast, uterus and cervical and other cancers affecting female reproductive tract, exist predominantly among or are exclusive to women. Although widespread, these types of cancers do not receive the necessary attention from the general public and from policy makers.

This hearing aims to look at the current situation in the prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of women's cancers and assess EU's health and anti-cancer strategies in this area. The experts whom will speak on the subject are Alessandra Campitelli, psychologist and collaborator of support organisations, Wendy Yared, Director, Association of European Cancer Leagues and Karen Benn, Deputy CEO, Europa Donna (The European Breast Cancer Coalition). The hearing will serve as input to the rapporteur Daniela Aiuto (EFDD, Italy) who will be in charge of the upcoming report on the subject.

10-10-2017 09:00
The situation and rights of women with disabilities

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The Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality organized a hearing on "The Situation and Rights of Women with disabilities" on 10 October 2017. The hearing will serve as an opportunity to provide input for the own initiative report on the same topic, on which the Committee will work in 2018 (Rapporteur: Rosa Estaràs Ferragut, EPP, Spain).

The invited experts will share their views and propose practical solutions for protecting and promoting the rights of women with disabilities. The hearing will count on the presence of Ms. Ana Peláez Narváez (EDF Vice-President and CERMI Women's Foundation Executive Vice-President), Ms. Thérèse Kempeneers-Foulon (Director General of Inclusion asbl), Ms. Valérie VAN HEES (coordinator of the Belgian Support Point for Inclusive Education in Higher Education (SIHO) and Ms. Julia Probst (inclusion activist and blogger).

25-09-2017 17:00
Contraception and family planning - Exchange of views

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The Committee organised an exchange of views on "Contraception and family planning", ahead of the World Contraception Day, which is celebrated every year on 26 September.

Awareness about adequate contraception and family planning is an important tool in securing the well-being and autonomy of women and helps families and communities make informed decisions and engage on a sustainable path. The event counted on the presence of Mr. Jan Paelher, DG DEVCO, European Commission, Ms. Sietske Steneker (UNFPA Director - EU Brussels Office) and Ms Irene Donadio (Senior Lead, The International Planned Parenthood Federation European Network (IPPF)).
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