Gender Equality Conference organised by CEPLIS and Eurocadres in Brussels

Equality at the workplace is a key condition for a successful and competitive EU Single Market. Action must follow promises. Portuguese Association of Liberal Professionals (ANPL) represented by Francisca Soromenho, Board member.

On the 8th of March, International Women’s Day, celebrated to commemorate and honour women’s accomplishments, raise awareness about gender disparities and discrimination, as well as promote global support for women, is a great occasion to report the Gender Equality Conference jointly organised by CEPLIS and Eurocadres on the past 2nd of March, within the premises of the European Economic and Social Committee 

CEPLIS was represented by it’s Director General, Theodoros Koutroubas.

Both organisations are actively collaborating on raising awareness on Gender Equality in our respective fields. The event assessed the success of the European institutions to deliver on the topic and allowed multiple high level speakers from several European bodies to evaluate the current situation of Gender Equality throughout the European Union.  Ms. Radelick, Policy Coordinator at the European Commission represented the European Commissioner for Gender Equality Helena Dalli.

Theodoros Koutroubas, CEPLIS Director General, and Francisca Soromenho, from ANPL’s board member.

The past twelve months have seen a number of positive developments in the fight for gender equality, with various legislative proposals being proposed and adopted at a European level.

While there is still much more to be done, the von der Leyen Commission has upheld promises to place gender equality at the centre of their mandate. Despite this, the gender pay gap still means that women earn 15% less per hour than men. Europe has failed to deliver regulation to curb the disparity in pay evident today, with the gender pay gap only reducing by 1% over the last eight years.

This would see women in the EU achieving equal pay by 2104, adding to other issues such as the care burden and gap in pensions.

How can European leaders use newly advanced files to progress gender equality? Are we moving in the right direction quick enough, and are some women being left behind in this push?

Over the course of two 90 minute panels, experts joined to answer these and other burning questions, while looking ahead to the other changes needed to bridge the existing gap between genders.