9:30 - 10:00 CEST
Registration and welcome coffee
10:00 - 10:10 CEST
#3StepsForward – a creative call to action

Kicking off the first-ever Gender Equality Forum we invite you to join us for an artistic interpretation of what it could mean to take #3StepsForward - for all of us. Recording

10:10 - 10:15 CEST
Welcome by Chair of the Forum


10:15 - 10:25 CEST
Keynote address


10:25 - 10:45 CEST
Launch of the 2022 Gender Equality Index: Critical crossroads

We’re at a crossroads for gender equality. The 2022 Index results shine a light on choices and opportunities ahead of us. What impact the pandemic had on our path to gender equality? What’s boosting gender equality? Where can we expect breakthroughs? Which groups of women and men in specific areas suffered the most? And which Member States coped better with these challenges overall?...

10:45 - 11:45 CEST
Opening Panel: #3StepsForward. Charting a new path for gender equality and inclusive growth

Using insights from the Index, high-level speakers provide their perspectives on key questions. How can we turn challenges into opportunities for progress towards gender equality? What does this new path look like? How can we take #3StepsForward towards gender equality now? How will this benefit our economies and societies? And what do we risk if we do not act now? Recording

11:45 - 12:00 CEST
Inspirational talk. The path towards gender equality – re-visiting our current solution spaces

Despite growing awareness and urgent matters, we’re still taking only baby steps towards gender-equal societies and organizations. There’s a lot of verbal openness, but widespread behavioural paralysis. Is it time for all of us to raise our eyes from time to time to get the bigger picture – in order to finally take #3stepsforward?...

12:00 - 13:00 CEST
Lunch break
13:00 - 14:15 CEST
Crises and gender-based violence: From response to preparedness

Emerging evidence shows that violence against women and girls is intensifying in times of crisis – be it COVID-19, conflict or climate change. Crises are likely to increase in frequency and intensity in the coming years. It is time to discuss ways to enhance gender-based violence risk assessments and strengthen prevention measures as part of crisis response and preparedness. Recording

13:00 - 14:15 CEST
Gender-responsive public procurement: A powerful tool to boost gender equality and improve public spending

Procurement practices have the power to promote gender equality AND improve public spending. Hear real-life experiences of gender-responsive public procurement (GRPP) in action. What benefits do countries, regions and cities enjoy as a result? And what challenges do they face? Help find news to take GRPP across the EU to the next level. Find out more about Gender-responsive Public Procurement...

13:00 - 14:15 CEST
The Conductor. A conversation with the documentary director Bernadette Wegenstein

What can documentary storytelling teach us about existing gaps in gender equality? Take inspiration from the story of musical pioneer Marin Alsop. The Conductor explores Marin's life of firsts. The first woman to serve as music director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. The first to conduct the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. How has she overcome existing inequalities?...

14:15 - 14:30 CEST
Session change break
14:30 - 15:45 CEST
Overcoming differences, uniting forces (closed)

Forging alliances for gender equality in times of opposition.

14:30 - 15:45 CEST
The share of care. Deep dive Index workshop

This year’s Gender Equality Index explores the pandemic’s impact on informal care, work-life balance, care services and working conditions of women and men. Tune in to find how the sudden care burden has affected the lives of women and men. What policy actions can help close gender care gaps? How can we ensure quality care services? And how do we enable carers to also pursue fulfilling careers?...

14:30 - 15:45 CEST
EUROFOUND - Living and working in Europe in an era of disruption: Gendered impacts, challenges and opportunities

As Europe enters a new period of uncertainty, we need to understand the impact the pandemic and recent economic developments have had on living and working conditions for specific groups of workers and for women and men in general. This Eurofound-led session will look at the latest findings and explore the challenges and opportunities ahead....

15:45 - 16:15 CEST
Networking Café
16:15 - 17:30 CEST
The role of data and evidence for policy making

Over the years, many institutions, including EIGE, have been collecting data to inform action to close gender gaps and address intersecting inequalities. And we have seen that evidence can greatly impact policy and action....

16:15 - 17:30 CEST
EUROPEAN WOMEN'S LOBBY - Loud and United! Women’s feminist organisations resisting the backlash!

The multiple crises that our planet is undergoing – COVID-19 and its aftermath, economic recession, increasing poverty, the war in Ukraine, energy crisis, gas shortages, political and climate upheaval – are deeply interconnected and feed each other....

16:15 - 17:30 CEST
Journalist Thematic Network: Conversations on Gender Equality through a media lens (closed)
17:30 - 17:35 CEST
Session change break
17:35 - 17:45 CEST
Day 1 Closing: A reflection on key highlights

In this session Chair of the Forum Carlien Scheele shares her key takeaways from the first day of the forum and offer a sneak peek into tomorrow’s sessions. Recording

17:45 - 19:00 CEST
8:00 - 9:45 CEST
Gender Mainstreaming Thematic Network breakfast (closed)

EIGE’s Gender Mainstreaming Thematic Network unites practitioners and experts from across the EU.

9:30 - 10:00 CEST
Welcome coffee for all participants
10:00 - 10:15 CEST
Day 2 Opening: From conversation to action

In this session Chair of the Forum Carlien Scheele will share her key learnings from the first day of the Forum to kick start day 2. Recording

10:15 - 10:30 CEST
The power of images for transformational change

Images hold immense power. Their universal language can make connections that change ideas and attitudes. But images can equally distort and reinforce negativity. How can we use potent images to move us towards a fairer, more just and gender-equal society?...

10:30 - 10:45 CEST
Session change break
10:45 - 12:00 CEST
YOUTH SESSION: Towards a green and digital Europe? - Why gender equality needs to be part of the equation

Achieving the twin - green and digital - transition is on top of the EU’s political agenda. Since neither climate change nor digitalisation are gender neutral, this youth-led session will explore how we can avoid overlooking the critical links between a green, digital and gender equal Europe. What is holding us back? What critical links do we need to consider?...

10:45 - 12:00 CEST
Countering cyber violence against women and girls. Challenges and ways forward

Cyber violence against women and girls is on the rise. It has a real social and economic impact. Join the debate with policy makers, representatives from social media platforms, and women who have suffered cyber violence. Find out more about EIGE's work on cyber violence against women and girls. Explore key terms and concepts of cyber violence against women and girls. Recording

10:45 - 12:00 CEST
FRA/EIGE - Campaigning for gender equality everywhere

How do you build a powerful gender equality campaign? The 10 Keys to effectively communicating human rights can be a road map to help drive change. This joint session between EIGE and FRA shares tips and best practices based on a few examples of local, national and international gender equality campaigns. Have you run a successful campaign raising awareness on gender equality?...

12:00 - 12:15 CEST
Coffee break
12:15 - 13:05 CEST
Closing Panel: #3StepsForward: Mobilising action for gender equality and inclusive growth in Europe

It’s time to turn inspiration into action. Now we each need to take what we've learned and commit to moving #3StepsForward towards gender equality. High-level panellists share their insights and key takeaways from the Forum. In the next five years, what needs to happen at the EU level? How can Member States accelerate change? What new actions should business and civil society take?...

13:05 - 13:20 CEST
Forum Closing: Where do we go from here?

Join this session to learn how we will take conversations and commitments forward - as a Forum, as a community. Ahead of that, we invite you to join us for a glimpse into our next creative venture. Recording

14:00 - 15:30 CEST
The Conductor film screening (on-site)

In-person participants of the Forum will have the opportunity to view The Conductor documentary on-site. The documentary is also available for registered participants between 23-25 October on virtual platform. Online screening restrictions apply for Belgium and United Kingdom.    A Non-Theatrical Community Event Screening. 

14:10 - 17:30 CEST
Regional coordination session of EU candidate countries and potential candidates (closed)

This is a regular coordination meeting of the established EIGE’s Regional Coordination Platform for Gender Equality Action in the Western Balkans and Turkey, as a part of EIGE’s project funded by the European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR).

14:10 - 17:30 CEST
Experts’ Forum session (closed)

The Experts' Forum is the advisory body of EIGE providing expertise in the field of gender equality.