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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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Sista ansökningsdag: 6 september

Europeiska ekonomiska och sociala kommittén uppmanar civilsamhällesorganisationer och enskilda personer i hela EU att lämna in bidrag till kommitténs flaggskeppsinitiativ priset till det civila samhället. I år belönar EESK initiativ som syftar till att bekämpa könsstereotyper genom att främja lika möjligheter för kvinnor och män och lika behandling av dem inom alla områden av det ekonomiska och sociala livet.

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Europeiska ekonomiska och sociala kommittén (EESK) har utlyst 2019 års pris till det civila samhället. Årets tema är ”Fler kvinnor i Europas samhälle och ekonomi”, och priset kommer att tilldelas innovativa initiativ och projekt som syftar till att kämpa för lika möjligheter för kvinnor och män och likabehandling av dem på alla områden av det ekonomiska och sociala livet.

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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