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Equinet Conference: Taking Action for Gender Equality

April 2nd 2015

On 23rd March 2015 Equinet hosted the conference Taking Action for Gender Equality to facilitate exchange between equality bodies and national and European stakeholders on future strategic priorities and tools in the field of gender equality.


The Conference strived to:

  • Present the preliminary findings of the Equinet draft Perspective on the work of equality bodies on gender equality and future strategic priorities.
  • Highlight equality bodies’ experiences in the implementation of gender equality legislation and policies.
  • Provide a platform for discussion on key priorities, good practices and possible future developments at EU and national level.
  • Facilitate an exchange between equality bodies, EU institutions and stakeholders contributing to effective cooperation for the promotion of gender equality.

We were very pleased to welcome Ms. Vĕra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality as our keynote speaker. Her speech was followed by sessions on:

  • Mainstreaming Gender Equality
  • Litigating for Change
  • Communication and Awareness Raising
  • Europe in 2020: Our Vision for Gender Equality

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Speakers’ Presentations

Opening Speech by Evelyn Collins, Chair of Equinet, Chief Executive of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland

SESSION 1 - Mainstreaming Gender Equality

Chair: Petr Polak, Head of Department of Equal Treatment, Public Defender of Rights, Czech Republic

SESSION 2 - Litigating for change

Chair: Goran Selanec, Deputy Ombudsman, Office of the Ombudswoman for Gender Equality, Croatia

SESSION 3 - Communication and awareness raising

Chair: Sandra Konstatzky, Deputy Director, Ombud for Equal Treatment, Austria

SESSION 4 - Europe in 2020 - our vision for gender equality

Chair: Daniela Bankier, Head of Gender Equality Unit, European Commission

Download Reading Materials

Conference Agenda
Conference Agenda
Conference Booklet
Conference Booklet
Conference Summary
Conference Summary

The Persistence of Discrimination, Harassment and Inequality for Women (2015)
The Persistence of Discrimination, Harassment and Inequality for Women (2015)


Equinet Conference 2015 'Taking Action for Gender Equality', 23 March 2015, Brussels