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New report published

GENDER EQUALITY AND THE FUTURE OF EUROPE 

 

From the Conference on the Future of Europe

to a Feminist Europe

FOCUS AREAS

 

 

I. OVERVIEW OF THE PROCESS BEHIND THE CONFERENCE ON THE FUTURE OF EUROPE (CoFoE)

II. AN INCLUSIVE YET GENDER-BLIND EVENT

III. DRAWING ON DISAPPOINTING RESULTS

IV. BUILDING A FEMINIST FUTURE FOR EUROPE

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Summary

 

When the proposal for a Conference on the future of Europe was made in 2019 by the
Commission and the European Parliament, prospects for Europe and gender equality were
grim. The pandemic had not struck yet, but Europe was still paying the toll of the 2008
financial crisis and years of neglect of social policy and the term backsliding became common
to define gender equality at European and national levels. In this dark landscape, the official
launch of the Conference in April 2021 shined as a glimpse of hope and the first opportunity
to concentrate on a future which could be brighter with more European solidarity to
challenge the big issues of climate change and digital transformation and the patriarchal
governance structures which had de facto excluded women and minorities from decision
making.


This opening on the future appeared to be an opportunity to think ahead and develop
a younger, updated and more democratic and feminist vision of Europe while politicians are
increasingly drawn into competing for media attention and twittering linked to short term,
national(ist) policies. The first stage or the COFOE ended on 9 May in Strasbourg with the
formal presentation of 49 recommendations and 326 measures. During this last plenary
session, as throughout the conference, gender parity among participants was duly observed.
One could say that the gender contract was indeed respected. However, as only 4% of the
measures finally adopted addressed gender issues or contained a gender-sensitive approach,
in G5+we believe that it was only symbolically respected.


We are proud to offer for discussion a policy paper on the gender perspective of the
Conference. While adopting both a descriptive and analytical approach to the Conference’s
processes and outcomes, the paper offers policy recommendations to attain a feminist future
for Europe. This paper is the result of the research made by Victoire Olczak, a junior
researcher in G5+, under the responsibility and supervision of the board and the advisory
committee. We are particularly grateful to all the officials and institutions which have opened
their doors to help Victoire with her research. In particular we wish to thank Jeromine
Andolfatto (EWL), Valentina Balzani (Citizen Ambassador), Gabi Bischoff (Socialists &
Democrats MEP), Aline Bruser (ETUC), Stefana Di Battista (Common Secretariat), Mattia de’
Grassi (Cabinet of Commission VicePresident Šuica), Susanne Hoeke (Common Secretariat),
Camille Hubac (Cabinet of 1 In alphabetical order. 3 Commission Vice-President Šefčovič’s),
Eduard Hulicius (Cabinet of Commission VicePresident Jourova), Inete Ielite (Women’s
NGO Cooperation Network of Latvia), Maria Joao Rodriguez (FEPS President), Sarah King
(EESC Workers Group Secretariat), Margherita Logrillo (EESC), Noelle O Connell (European
Movement Ireland), Danièle Réchard (Common Secretariat of the CoFoE), Lorenzo Repetti
(ETUC), Stefanie Ricken (Socialists & Democrats), Arielle Rouby (Socialists & Democrats),

Federico Terreni (Europe Mouvement International), Laeticia Thissen (FEPS), Reka Safrany
(EWL president), Christa Schweng (EESC president), and Marina Zelenetska (Citizen
Ambassador).

 
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BY GENDER FIVE PLUS