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At its July plenary, the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) debated the Commission's draft directive to tackle gender-based violence and gender equality in presence of Cristina Fabre of the European Institute for Gender Equality. The Committee adopted two opinions with recommendations for making the legislation more effective in combatting such an issue of epidemic proportions and demanded for its inclusion in the list of EU crimes.

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Il termine ultimo per presentare le candidature è il 6 settembre

Il Comitato economico e sociale europeo invita i cittadini e le organizzazioni della società civile di tutta l'Unione europea a candidarsi per il suo Premio per la società civile. L'edizione di quest'anno premierà le iniziative che, per lottare contro gli stereotipi di genere, promuovono le pari opportunità e la parità di trattamento delle donne e degli uomini in tutti gli ambiti della vita economica e sociale.

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Il Comitato economico e sociale europeo (CESE) ha appena lanciato l'edizione 2019 del suo Premio per la società civile. Il tema di quest'anno è "Più donne nella società e nell'economia europee": l'intento è premiare le iniziative e i progetti innovativi con cui la società civile si batte a favore delle pari opportunità tra donne e uomini e della loro parità di trattamento in tutti gli ambiti della vita economica e sociale.

Thematic debate on the rural pact #3

In the context of the European Gender Equality Week and as part of its section meeting, the NAT section will host a public debate on gender equality and youth in rural areas.

Causes, consequences and policy solutions

The ECO Section of the EESC will organise a public debate with the title: "Gender inequality in access to financial markets. Causes, consequences and policy solutions" in order to present the views of different actors and discuss on the gender gaps in the access to funding and on investment.


To prepare its opinion on "Strengthening the role and independence of equality bodies", the European Economic and Social Committee is organising a hybrid public hearing.

Equality bodies combat discrimination at the national level through prevention and assistance to victims. However, their tasks and resources vary significantly across EU countries, resulting in different levels of effectiveness.

The hearing will address how to improve the powers of equality bodies to better fight discrimination, by gathering inputs from institutions, social partners and other civil society organisations.

Hearing of the Fundamental Rights and Rule of Law Group

Recent developments in the US and some European countries have shown that rights acquired by women are not irreversible. This particularly applies to sexual and reproductive health and rights. These questions are a matter of individual rights but also of public health, as sexual and reproductive health services are an essential part of comprehensive healthcare provision. Societal debates on the questions tend more and more towards polarisation, at the expense of women who can become deprived of their free and informed choice. The hearing will gather the view of civil society on these developments.


As part of its work to prepare an opinion on "Gender lens investing as a way to improve gender equality in the European Union", the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a remote public hearing on 23 September 2022 from 9:30 am to 11 am.

The discussion will focus on the EU's role in improving the position of women in receiving capital invested within the Union. It will also address how the EU can step up the implementation of gender budgeting in its annual budget and external financing mechanisms.

Your participation and input are most welcome!