High-level conference: Europe for gender equality? Taking stock, taking action, Helsinki

De Luteraanse Domkerk van Helsinki op het Senaatsplein
date September 30, 2019
city Helsinki, Finland
location Helsinki, Finland Show location
organisation Council of the European Union (Council) i

This conference will analyse the challenges, priorities and operational policies of EU gender policy for the next five years based on the UN’s review of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (Beijing +25). It will also address economic and gender equality issues as well as means to strengthen the connection between gender policy and economic policy in the EU.

The event will have a live webcast. Join the conversation on Twitter: #eugenderequality #EU2019FI

EU’s gender equality policy for the future

Contact persons:

Katariina Pursimo, [email protected], tel. +358 295 163 372

Eeva Raevaara, [email protected], tel. +358 295163205

Communications, [email protected], tel. +358 50 523 6797


Monday 30 September

9.00-10.00 Opening and welcome

Musical Performance: Vildá

Thomas Blomqvist, Minister for Nordic Cooperation and Equality, Finland

Tiina Astola, Director-General, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission

Alexander Stubb, Vice-President, European Investment Bank

10.00-12.00 Plenary Session 1: Reviewing the past - preparing for the future

‘Review of the implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action − Beijing +25’

Virginija Langbakk, Director, European Institute for Gender Equality

Jakub Caisl, Statistics Officer, European Institute for Gender Equality

Panel discussion: Post-2019 EU gender equality strategy - setting priorities, developing measures

  • Gabriele Abels, Professor of comparative politics and European integration at the Institute of Political Science, University of Tuebingen
  • Tiina Astola, Director, Director-General, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission
  • Gwendoline Lefebvre, President, European Women’s Lobby
  • European Parliament, FEMM Committee (tbc)


  • Gloria Mills, ETUC
  • Anna Leclercq Vrang, BusinessEurope

12.00-13.15 Family photo and lunch 13.15-15.00 Plenary session 2: Promoting gender equal economies

Keynote speech: ‘Policies for gender equality in an unequal world: Challenges and opportunities’, Shahra Razavi, Chief of Research and Data, UN Women

Panel discussion: Gender equality and Europe post-2020: how to strengthen the links between gender equality and the economic policies of the EU

  • Shahra Razavi, Chief of Research and Data, UN Women
  • Barbara Kauffmann, Director, Employment and Social Governance, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission
  • Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member of European Parliament
  • Ilze Zvidrina, Chair of the Employment Committee

15.00-15.30 Coffee 15.30-17.30 Plenary Session 3: Combating economic and social inequalities in the EU

Economic and social inequalities in the EU

  • 'The Triple Bind of Single-Parent Families: What is needed for gender equality in the EU’, Rense Nieuwenhuis, Associate Professor, Swedish Institute for Social Research, Stockholm University
  • ‘Economic and social inequalities among Roma and migrant women in the EU - insights from the Second European Union Minorities and Discrimination survey (EU-MIDIS II)’, Rossalina Latcheva, Senior Program Manager - Statistics and Surveys, European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
  • Comment: Salome Mbugua, Chair of European Network of Migrant Women

Gender pay gap

  • ‘Better legal tools against pay discrimination’, Kevät Nousiainen, Professor Emerita, University of Turku
  • ‘Improving Gender Equality at Nokia’, Jenni Lukander, President of Nokia Technologies

Tuesday 1 October

8.30-9.00 Coffee 9.00-10.30 Plenary session 4: Financing for gender equality in the EU

‘European structural and investment funds - Gender equality deserves more than 1%’, Virginija Langbakk, Director, European Institute for Gender Equality,

Discussion on how ESIF can be used to promote gender equality

  • Kristyna Kabzanova, Governmental Advisor, Gender Equality Department, Office of the Government of the Czech Republic
  • Liina Kanter, Head of Equality Policies Department, Ministry of Social Affairs, Estonia
  • Olga Pietruchová, Director, Department of Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities, Slovakia
  • Virginija Langbakk, Director, European Institute for Gender Equality

10.30-11.00 Coffee 11.00-13.00 Plenary session 5: The potential and challenges of gender responsive budgeting

‘Realizing the full potential of Gender Budgeting in the EU - taking action’,

Elisabeth Klatzer, PhD in Economic and Social Sciences, Vienna University of Economics and Business

Discussion: Perspectives on gender responsive budgeting

  • Elisabeth Klatzer
  • Bernhard Windisch, Head of Unit, Directorate-General for Budget, European Commission
  • Alexandra Geese, Member of Parliament, Committee on Budgets
  • Aline Pennisi, Ministry of Economy and Finance, Italy
  • John Burke, Head of Unit, Department of Public Expenditure & Reform, Ireland

Comment: Indre Vareikyte, EESC

13.00-13.30 Closing session

Maria Kaisa Aula, State Secretary, Finland


Eva Biaudet, National Council of Women of Finland

Jens van Tricht, MenEngage Europe

Irena Moozova, Director, Equality and Union Citizenship, Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers, European Commission

13.30-14.30 Lunch


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