Joining efforts towards Gender Equality in the EU 2010 - 2015

22 Nov '10 Mon 09:00 EEST11/22/2010 7:00pm public Joining efforts towards Gender Equality in the EU 2010 - 2015 Europe/Athens 11/22/2010 9:00am
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International Seminar

Taking place in a moment when a new five year Strategy for Equality between Women and Men has been recently announced, the International Seminar "Joining efforts towards Gender Equality in the EU 2010 - 2015" is to foster the debate on EIGE’s joint work with different partners, from EU Agencies and other Institutions, to Member States representatives, namely National Bodies for Gender Equality and National Statistics Offices regarding the implementation of the Strategy.

Commission’s Vice-President responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding will present the Commission’s Strategy and will take the opportunity to bestow the prizes to the winners of the Institute'slogo competition.

The participation of CedefopEurofound and FRA will pave the way for close cooperation in several domains. Furthermore, Eurostat and OECD participation will allow us to start paving the way for some of the main tasks ahead of EIGE relating to, for example, the support to EU Council Presidencies regarding Beijing Indicators and the development of the EU Gender Equality Index.


Image gallery from the seminar



08:00 – 09:00 Registration
09:00 – 10:30 Opening

Viviane Reding

Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship (watch video part 1/2part 2/2 - download .pdf)

Eva Maria Welskop-Deffaa 

Chair of EIGE's Management Board

Documenting - Analysing - Giving Impetus: EIGE's role for gender equality policy in Europe (watch video - download .pdf)

Virginija Langbakk

Director – European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)

EIGE's role in the context of the New EU Strategy for Gender Equality (watch video)


Signing of Cooperation Agreements between EIGE and:

European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound) - watch video

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) - watch video

EIGE’s logo competition winner 

EC Vice-President Viviane Reding to award the 1st place winner and runners up (watch video)

J.E. François Laumonier

Ambassador of France in Lithuania (watch video - download .pdf)

10:30 – 11:00 Press Conference (watch video) / Coffee-break
11:00 – 12:30 Complementarities and synergies: EU Agencies and Eurostat

Virginija Langbakk

Director – EIGE (presented by EIGE's Head of Operations Barbara Wurster watch video - download .pdf)

Jorma Karppinen 

Director – Eurofound (watch video part 1/2part 2/2 - download .pdf)

Morten Kjaerum 

Director – FRA (watch video part 1/2part 2/2)

Christian F. Lettmayer 

Acting Director – Cedefop (watch video part 1/2part 2/2download .pdf)

Inna Šteinbuka 

Director of Directorate F - Social and information society statistics - Eurostat (watch video part 1/2part 2/2 - download .pdf)

 12:30 – 14:00 Lunch


The Seminar’s afternoon session is targeted to Member States' representatives from Gender and Equality Bodies and National Statistics Offices

 14:00 – 14:30 Complementarities and synergies: Gender Equality in the Member States

Michel Pasteel, Representative of the Belgium Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the EU, Director of the Institute for the equality of women and men

14:30 – 16:00

Parallel workshops:

  1. Equality in decision-making
  2. Gender-based violence
  3. Men and gender equality
  4. Gender statistics in the European Union Statistical System

    With the participation from Didier Dupre from Eurostat (presentation in .pdf) and Karen Barnes from OECD (presentation in .pdf)
16:00 – 16:30 Coffee break
16:30 – 17:00 Reports from the workshops (watch video part 1/2part 2/2)

Moderator: Barbara Wurster, Head of EIGE’s Operations Unit 

17:00 – 17:30 Closing

Virginija Langbakk

Director – European Institute for Gender Equality, watch video

Franciska Mikulas (download .pdf)

Head of the Equality Department 

Ministry of National Resources, Hungary


Presentation files:


EIGE's role within the Strategy

The Strategy for Equality between Women and Men for 2010 – 2015 pinpoints the Institute's actions:

  • Support the development and up-date of indicators in the critical areas of the Beijing Platform for Action (2011 – 2015).
  • Set up a documentation centre accessible to the public with existing statistics, data and information, functioning models and approaches to gender mainstreaming (2012).
  • Provide support to the development of mainstreaming tools and methods (2011 – 2015).
  • Develop a gender equality index (2012).
  • Establish a virtual European Network on gender Equality (2012).