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Despite the general progress on gender equality, at this pace it will take more than a century for women to become equal to men in Europe, says the EESC

The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has urged the European Union and its Member States to put gender equality at the top of their political agenda amid concerns that recent attacks on women's rights in Europe might seriously compromise progress towards equality between men and women.

"Women: the largest disruptive force in business", Rick Zednik, Madi Sharma

Europe loses EUR 370 billion a year due to the gender employment gap. What's more, it is statistically proven that companies with more gender-diverse management boards produce better results. So, why might it take another 217 years to close the economic gender gap at global level, as estimated by the World Economic Forum? On 17 December, high-level speakers from the worlds of business, politics and NGOs came together with members of the Employers' Group to discuss how to leverage the immense potential that women could bring to the European economy.


It needs different and holistic approaches to address gender inequality, says the EESC

The digital gender gap is a consequence of discrimination against women, which already starts in early childhood, the EESC points out. In its exploratory opinion on the digital gender gap, drafted at the European Parliament's request, the EESC suggests a multi-level approach and calls for holistic policies addressing different sources of inequality.

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Data finali għall-applikazzjonijiet: 6 ta’ Settembru

Il-Kumitat Ekonomiku u Soċjali Ewropew qed jistieden lill-organizzazzjonijiet tas-soċjetà ċivili u lill-individwi madwar l-Unjoni Ewropea biex japplikaw għall-Premju għas-Soċjetà Ċivili prominenti tiegħu. Din is-sena, qed jonora inizjattivi li jiġġieldu kontra l-isterjotipi tal-ġeneri billi jippromovu l-opportunitajiet indaqs għan-nisa u l-irġiel u t-trattament ugwali tagħhom fl-isferi kollha tal-ħajja ekonomika u soċjali.

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Il-Kumitat Ekonomiku u Soċjali Ewropew (KESE) nieda l-Premju għas-Soċjetà Ċivili għall-2019. It-tema ta’ din is-sena hija dwar Aktar nisa fis-soċjetà u l-ekonomija tal-Ewropa, u l-premju se jonora inizjattivi u proġetti innovattivi li għandhom l-għan li jiġġieldu favur l-opportunitajiet indaqs għan-nisa u l-irġiel u t-trattament ugwali tagħhom fl-isferi kollha tal-ħajja ekonomika u soċjali.

Rewarding excellence in civil society initiatives

The first prize went to Women's Toponymy, Italy.
2nd prize: Polish Women's Strike, Poland; 3rd prize: Fairy Tales, Bulgaria; 4th prize: #mimmitkooda (Women Code), Finland; 5th prize: The Brussels Binder, Belgium.

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During it's meeting on 29 November 2019, the Section for Economic and Monetary Union and Economic and Social Cohesion (ECO) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) is organising a public debate "The Benefits of Gender Equality for the European Economy" with the aim to explore how policies aimed at achieving greater gender equality could help reinforce Europe's economic performance and what role the European civil society could play in supporting the development and implementation of these policies.

Extraordinary meeting of the Diversity Europe Group

The objective of the conference on 12 November was to launch the discussion on interrelated topics, but with a forward looking and practical approach. To explore how to move from the personal experience to the Institutional, how to change mind-sets and overcome prejudices.