EU Politics in Transition - Vision of a Feminist European Parliament

With Ursula von der Leyen, the European Parliament for the first time has a woman as Commission President, and yet with the current rate of increase in women’s representation in the EU Parliament, it would still take 25 years to achieve gender parity. Even though gender equality is a declared goal of the EU, there is still some catching up to do. Women are significantly underrepresented in defense departments, ministerial posts and in the military. Changing this is one of the goals of a feminist foreign policy. It seeks to identify, name and dismantle structures of discrimination and to focus on human security and human rights. In order to make the underrepresentation of women in the field of peace and security visible, Hannah Neumann, Member of the European Parliament and Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee (AFET) and Substitute in the Security and Defense Committee (SEDE), has launched the #SHEcurity Index.

What is the European Parliament doing to ensure more balanced participation in political decision-making and where is more action needed? How should the EU strategy for gender equality with the goal of a “Europe of equality” be evaluated? How can the work and content of the European Parliament be made more feminist? And what exactly is behind the concept of a feminist foreign policy; what are the opportunities and challenges of its implementation in the EU context? We would like to discuss these and other questions with you and Hannah Neumann.

We are looking forward to your participation. We ask for online registration or by email by 28.03.2022. You will receive the access data on the day of the event. The online talk will take place via Zoom, prerequisite is internet access preferably via PC, tablet or smartphone. Participation via telephone is possible with limited use. Questions can be asked both in writing and verbally during the talk.