On 20-21 November 2017 the European Commission will host its Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights. This year's theme is 'Women's Rights in Turbulent Times'. The recent media attention on harassment in particular, and women's rights in general, has highlighted that there are still many challenges to achieving gender equality in our societies, making this year's Colloquium particularly topical. Women are still underrepresented in decision-making positions, both in politics and the business world; women still earn 16% less than men on average across the EU; and violence against women is still widespread. On 24 November, the European Commission will also mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.
The wide range of topics for discussion will include the link between misogyny in society and the violation of the fundamental rights of women; women's economic and political empowerment and the key obstacles to gender equality; the international women's movement and the shrinking space for civil society; violence against women and links to other forms of violence in society; gender stereotypes, culture, and attitudes.
The Colloquium will be a chance to discuss the Commission's ongoing work and new initiatives on a number of these issues, notably the Commission proposal to improve the work-life balance of families in April 2017 and work in the context of 2017 as the year for the fight against violence against women (more information).
The Colloquium is hosted by Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová. The event will bring together European and national politicians, activists and representatives from civil society, business, trade unions, and international organisations to discuss how to improve and promote women's rights.
A Eurobarometer survey on the perception of gender equality in the European Union will be published during the event.
The event takes place at the Palais d'Egmont, in Brussels, Belgium, and is open to the press, subject to prior registration.
More information on the Colloquium is available here: http://ec.europa.eu/newsroom/just/item-detail.cfm?item_id=115277