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Het Europees Economisch en Sociaal Comité nodigt maatschappelijke organisaties en burgers uit de hele Europese Unie uit om mee te dingen naar de vermaarde EESC-prijs voor het maatschappelijk middenveld. Dit jaar zullen initiatieven worden bekroond waarmee de strijd wordt aangebonden tegen genderstereotypen en wordt geijverd voor gelijke kansen voor vrouwen en mannen en gelijke behandeling op alle vlakken van het economische en maatschappelijke leven.

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Meedingen naar de prijs voor het maatschappelijk middenveld 2019 van het Europees Economisch en Sociaal Comité (EESC) kan vanaf nu. Thema dit jaar is Meer vrouwen in de Europese samenleving en economie, en de prijs zal gaan naar innovatieve initiatieven en projecten die worden ingezet in de strijd voor gelijke kansen voor vrouwen en mannen en gelijke behandeling op alle vlakken van het economische en maatschappelijke leven.


In order to prepare its opinion on the Commission proposal for a directive on combating violence against women and domestic violence, the EESC is organising a hybrid public hearing on 21 April 2022 from 9:30 am to 1 pm.

The aim of the event is to gather input from civil society, including social partners and academia as well other EU Institutions and international organisations.

Your participation and input are most welcome!


The Commission proposed in March 2021 new pay transparency measures, such as pay information for job seekers, a right to know the pay levels for workers doing the same work, as well as gender pay gap reporting obligations for big companies. The proposal aims to strengthen the tools for workers to claim their rights and facilitate access to justice. Employers will not be allowed to ask job seekers for their pay history and they will have to provide pay related anonymised data upon employee request. Employees will also have the right to compensation for discrimination in pay.

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.

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Bureaucratic measures will have very little effect on the gender pay gap

In order to address the gender pay gap, the root causes of the gap must be carefully assessed and correctly identified. The EU and the Member States need to take policy action that provides solutions to horizontal and vertical labour market segregation, gender stereotypes and the inadequate provision of child-care and long-term care.

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