Public hearing on “Towards a Europe free of violence against women”

Remote event via Interactio, online platform - Thursday, 21 April 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.


09:00 a.m. - 09:30 a.m. | Testing connections

09:30 a.m. - 09:35 a.m. | Introduction by

  • Lech Pilawski, President of the study group "Combatting violence against women" (SOC/726)

09:35 a.m. - 09.50 a.m. | Opening remarks

  • José Antonio Moreno Díaz, Rapporteur of the EESC opinion "Combatting violence against women" (SOC/726)
  • Ody Neisingh, Co-rapporteur of the EESC opinion "Combatting violence against women" (SOC/726)
  • Maria Nikolopoulou, EESC Equality Group President

09:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. | Panel 1

Moderator: Denis Meynent, member of the study group, EESC

Keynote speakers:

  • Maruša Gortnar, Head of Operations, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
  • Joanna Goodey, Head of the Research and Data Unit, Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA)

Interventions by:

  • Maria Rosaria Mollica, Legal Officer, Gender Equality Unit, European Commission
  • Iris Luarasi, President, GREVIO, Council of Europe
  • Ana Peláez Narváez, Vice-Chair, UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)


11:10 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. | Break

11:20 a.m. - 12.45 p.m. | Panel 2

Moderator: Tudorel Tupiluși, member of the study group, EESC

Interventions by:

  • Laura Kaun, Policy and Campaigns Officer, European Women's Lobby (EWL)
  • Esther Lynch, Deputy General Secretary, ETUC
  • Rebekah Smith, Deputy Director, Social Affairs Department, Business Europe
  • Marcella Pirrone, President, Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE)
  • Dastan Salehi, Advocacy Officer, PICUM
  • Rosa San Segundo, Director of the University Institute for Gender Studies, Madrid University


12:45 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. | Conclusions by

  • José Antonio Moreno Díaz, rapporteur of the EESC opinion
  • Ody Neisingh, co-rapporteur of the EESC opinion

12:55 p.m. - 01:00 p.m. | Closing remarks

  • Christa Schweng, President of the EESC

Intepretation requested from English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Polish & Romanian into English, French, Spanish, Polish & Romanian


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