On Tuesday, the EP Gender Equality Committee, in association with the Committee on Development, will discuss how to enhance gender equality and women's empowerment in the COVID-19 recovery.
WHEN: Tuesday 23 March, 17.00-18.45 CET
WHERE: European Parliament in Brussels, ANTALL building, room 2Q2 and remotely
On the occasion of the 65th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UN CSW 65 - 15-26 March), which is mostly virtual this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the EP Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee, in association with the Development Committee, will hold a side event which will present the priorities and initiatives of the Parliament regarding gender equality and the empowerment of women in crises such as the one triggered by COVID-19. It will also provide a forum to exchange good practices and discuss innovative approaches and possible ways forward.
The event will be opened by Women's Rights and Gender Equality Committee Chair Evelyn Regner (S&D, AT) and by Development Committee Vice-Chair Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana (Greens/EFA, DE), followed by a keynote speech by Leonore Gewessler, Austrian Minister for climate action, environment, energy, mobility, innovation and technology. A panel discussion will include Women’s Rights MEPs Maria Manuel Leitão Marques (S&D, PT) and Samira Rafaela (Renew Europe, NL), before an exchange of views with delegates and MEPs. Evelyn Regner will deliver the closing speech.
For more information on UN CWS 65 and the EP side event, including the draft programme, click here.
The Commission on the Status of Women is a functional commission of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Established in 1946, it is a global policy-making body dedicated exclusively to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women. This year’s main theme is “Women's full and effective participation and decision-making in public life, as well as the elimination of violence, for achieving gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls”.