Online Discussion on current developments at EIGE for EU candidate and potential candidate countries

17 Oct '14 Fri 10:0010/17/2014 6:00pm EuroGender Online Discussion public Online Discussion on current developments at EIGE for EU candidate and potential candidate countries Europe/Vilnius 10/17/2014 10:00am
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Ioana Borza's picture

Within this work, we also created a comprehensive database -- Kristaps will add link -- on all the adopted indicators within this process of reviewing and following up on BPfA, including the most updtaed available data.

Kristaps Petermanis's picture

The reports prepared so far for the Member States EU Council Presidencies are located in the link provided, organized by each Beijing Platform for Action critical area: http://eige.europa.eu/content/publications

Kristaps Petermanis's picture

The database of indicators by which EU measures its progress in implementing the BPfA is available here: http://eige.europa.eu/content/women-and-men-in-the-eu-facts-and-figures

Niall Crowley's picture

Next year is a big year for the Beijing Platform....what are your plans to build on this work?

Kristaps Petermanis's picture

An important note - as of 2015 there will be only one EIGE report anually on the BPfA. The next report will be for the Luxembourgish EU Council Presidency on the critical area of 'Women in Power and Decision Making'. The report will look at a wide spectrum of spheres, now only politics. Such spheres as sports, academic institutions and courts will also be covered by the report.

Ioana Borza's picture

With the current Italian Presidency of the Council, we reached the moment to prepare the 4th review of all 12 areas of concern of the BPfA in a report that will be available at the end of this year. It is what we call Beijing+20 and the EU, and it comes in an important moment when world wide the BPfA is celebrated, discussed and reviewed, thus also within the EU.

Kristaps Petermanis's picture

For IPA countries the EU indicators on monitoring the implementation of the BPfA might be important to see what is the situation on the ground and how it compares between them as possible future EU member states and current EU28.
Another approach and a great project idea could be evaluate a situation nationally or even regionally, following the methodology of one EU BPfA report, for example, on effectiveness of the institutional mechanisms for gender equality (report located here: http://eige.europa.eu/content/document/effectiveness-of-institutional-me...).

Niall Crowley's picture

This work maps progress on a wide range of fronts for gender equality. Are there any questions for Ioana?

Ioana Borza's picture
Niall Crowley wrote:

Next year is a big year for the Beijing Platform....what are your plans to build on this work?

Oh, thanks for this question! Yes, the plan is to strat and present this 4th review report, Beijing+20 and the EU, and even from this year through several events and distribute the infomration about its conclusions and recommnedations through diffrent forms. As Latvia is taking over from Jnauary 2015 the Presidency, it will be in cooperation with them to present further the work done this year and the report.

Kristaps Petermanis's picture

EIGE's work on good practices also follows, when possible, the EU Presidency themes. In the good practices database on EIGE's website (http://eige.europa.eu/content/document/effectiveness-of-institutional-me...) there are currently good practices on:
1. Gender training
2. Gender-based violence
3. Female genital mutilation
4. Women and media

In 2015 this database will be complemented by good practices on the area of "Women in power and decision making".

Ioana Borza's picture

I would like to add something more technical about the work and producing these reports; as the subject of the analysis is at EU level, we use a lot of the data made available by Eurostat. And for this, the cooperation and harmonization of data at the EU level ensured by Eurostat is important for us, but also the work carried out in the Member States.

Ioana Borza's picture

Until now we covered only EU Member States and worked on Croatia shortly before it joined the EU.

Ioana Borza's picture

There were other situations where due to the fact that the subject was new and addressed for the first time within the follow-up of the BPfA -- like women and the environment or women and the media -- we had to collect the data from the Member States ourselves and develop new methodologies for work. This can also be something interesting to explor and expert, if I can say it like this - the methodological aspects of the studies.

Niall Crowley's picture

How do you see this work linking with or serving as a resource to candidate or potential candidate countries?

Niall Crowley's picture

We have just a few more minutes on this topic before moving on to our last topic of the day....any final thoughts or questions?

Kristaps Petermanis's picture
Niall Crowley wrote:

How do you see this work linking with or serving as a resource to candidate or potential candidate countries?

The most obvious links are with future EU accession. Firstly, it's very beneficial for IPA countries to become accustomed to the way EU member states gender equality machineries work on the BPfA. Secondly, for those areas where Eurostat data are used for evaluation of progress, the national statistics bodies must be able to deliver the necessary data.

More generally, the approach EU has taken in evaluating implementation of the BPfA is quite structured and detailed, offering a good analytical framework for anyone seeking to evaluate and improve the situation of both women and men.

Ioana Borza's picture

Thank you for offering the space to present EIGE work on BPfA! and have a nice week-end, everyone!

Niall Crowley's picture

Thanks Ioana. That was great and thank you Kristaps. We will conclude this session now and move on to our final session,

Niall Crowley's picture

Eurogender and the Resource and Documentation Centre
This session will run until 17.00. It will focus on Eurogender and EIGE’s Research and Documentation Centre. The Resource and Documentation Centre includes an e-library and serves as a knowledge centre. It operates the Eurogender Network.

Niall Crowley's picture

We are very pleased to have Alexandrina Satnoianu with us. Alexandrina is a project manager with EIGE. 
Alexandrina, can you tell us a bit about Eurogender, the Resource and Documentation Centre and the resources available through the work of the Centre?

Alexandrina Satnoianu's picture

Good afternoon everybody! Indeed i am EuroGender Administrator and member of the Resource and Documentation Centre (RDC) Team.
I will start by briefly introducing you with RDC. EIGE’s Resource and Documentation is composed of three pillars: e-library, EIGE Knowledge Centre and Eurogender

Alexandrina Satnoianu's picture

The e - library  offers  quick and easy online access to more than 244 000 resources on gender equality. They have been collected in all Member States and at EU leve – through the partners that RDC has – and they include policy documents, online resources, books, articles, research, studies and EIGE’s specialised databases
The EIGE knowledge centre is comprised of  EIGE  gender statistics, research, methods, tools and good practices that have been processed and produced by the European Institute for Gender Equality and easily accessible through its databases and publications.
The European Network on Gender Equality – in short, EuroGender -is EIGE’s main consultation platform, a an online collaborative space to discuss and exchange expertise and newest information on gender equality in the EU.

Niall Crowley's picture

Is there a big demand on the resource centre and how do you let people know about this resource?

Alexandrina Satnoianu's picture

But it is equally true that we are receiving more tailor-made requests from members of EP, national Machineries for our RDC Experts to perform searches and inform them of existing resources on particular topics. For example: Gender Mainstreaming Tools and Methods for Youth Policies.

Niall Crowley's picture

Great and what plans do you have in this field for next year?

Alexandrina Satnoianu's picture

Since I am EuroGender administrator, I would like also to introduce it a bit.
EuroGender is EIGE’s main consultation platform as well as a collaboration platform that allows all its 10.000 users to exchange resources, knowledge and good practices on gender equality. It bridges decision-makers, practitioners, researchers and experts from all EU Member States and institutions.
EuroGender allows you/your institution to:
    - access reports of previous online discussions  or register to take part in the upcoming ones. The online discussions are organised in connection with EIGE’s work, on various gender equality topics, for example: Guidelines for Gender Training (25 September), Men and Gender Equality (11-12 September), Beijing+20 (14 October), EIGE updates for IPA countries (17 October), Communicating gender (12 November), Communicating Gender Statistics - (13 November). You can check all other gender-related events listed on EuroGender calendar here;
    - find partners for projects and connect with gender experts from all over the world via stakeholders’ directory;
    - easily update the EuroGender community on your work (publications, films, photographs, etc) and post news on gender equality developments in your country;
    - promote your gender equality projects using EuroGender tools, including workspaces, opinion polls, surveys or organising your own online discussions;
-    Share, like, comment, engage and dialogue using social media tools.
Therefore, I invite you to upload news, events and take advantage of this communication channel built to serve gender equality. 

Niall Crowley's picture

That is an extensive resource. Any questions for Alexandrina on the resource and documentation centre or on eurogender?

Alexandrina Satnoianu's picture

RDC plans to harvest even more resources from and with the use of its partners. EIGE will continue to feed its Knowledge Centre with studies and reports. Soon the 2015 Annual Work Programme will be adopted and uploaded on the website for whoever is interested to access EIGE's plans for next year. 

Niall Crowley's picture

Ok. We might close this final session now. Our thanks to Alexandrina Satnoianu for that information. Thank you for your contributions during the day as we explored the very broad range of resources developed by EIGE. It would be helpful if you would complete the evaluation form that is at the top right of this page. Thanks.

Niall Crowley's picture

We will be preparing a report on the discussions. This will be circulated to all participants and will be used to further spread this information about EIGE’s work and the resources developed by EIGE. 
Thanks again