International Women’s Day 2019: women’s power in politics

internationl women's day 2019

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This article is brought to you in association with the European Parliament.

Ahead of the European elections, MEPs and national MPs will discuss women’s power in politics during an inter-parliamentary committee meeting on Thursday.

MEPs and more than 20 MPs from 15 EU national parliaments and Norway will attend this meeting marking International Women’s Day (IWD).
The programme includes an opening speech by EP Vice-President and Chair of the High-level group on Gender Equality and Diversity Dimitrios Papadimoulis, a keynote speech by Croatia’s President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and a welcome speech by Gender Equality Commissioner Vĕra Jourová. Mrs. Grabar-Kitarović will hold a press point outside the meeting room at around 10.00.
The conference will then split into two debates:
– The real power of women in politics and how to boost it; and

– Young women in politics.
Closing remarks will be delivered by EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and Women’s Rights Committee Vice-Chair, João Pimenta Lopes.

WHEN: Thursday 7 March – 09.00/12.30
WHERE: József Antall building (JAN), room 4Q2


Full programme – follow the event live here and the press point live here.
Seminar for journalists
On Tuesday 5 and Wednesday 6 March, the EP press service will hold a seminar for journalists on the same topic. Participants will include EP Vice-President Dimitrios Papadimoulis, the Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE), Virginija Langbakk, and representatives from current EP political groups. The seminar will include three panels: ‘‘What is still needed to break the glass ceiling in politics once and for all?’’, ‘‘European elections: what will women vote for?’’ and ‘‘European elections: what do the political groups offer to women on gender balance and women’s empowerment’’.
Full programme of the seminar – follow it live here.
Practical information for journalists
Journalists that already hold permanent media accreditation will be able to access the event. For those not holding permanent media accreditation, requests to attend the conference can be sent to Video and photo journalists should get special accreditation (“T-badge”) to be allowed to use their cameras during the conference.

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