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The conference will provide a forum for around 300 decision-makers and practitioners to discuss the findings of the Gender Equality Index. We will look at recent trends and seek solutions to gender inequalities in the current political and economic context.

Its satellite domain of intersecting inequalities reveals some of the vast inequalities within a few selected groups of women and men based on age, disability, family status, country of birth and education. This third edition also provides new data for social power and health behaviour, not measured in previous editions due to a lack of suitable indicators.


Conference moderators:

  • Mira Banerjee, Head of Knowledge Management and Communications, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
  • Edith Stohl, Editor, Austrian National Radio

08:00–09:00 Registration

09:00–09:30 Opening

  • Virginija Langbakk, Director, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)
  • Věra Jourová, European Commissioner, Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
  • Dimitrios Papadimoulis, Vice President, European Parliament

09:30–11:00 GENDER EQUALITY INDEX 2017

Gender equality in disrupted times

Jolanta Reingardė, Programme Coordinator, Research and Statistics, EIGE

Commentary by:

  • H. E. Åsa Regnér, Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, Sweden
  • Tiina Astola, Director-General, European Commission Directorate-General for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
  • Joanna Maycock, Secretary General, European Women’s Lobby

11:00–11:30 Coffee break

11:30–13:00 PANEL DEBATE

How can intersectional analysis of inequalities contribute to better-informed policy making in the EU?

Marre Karu, Researcher, EIGE

Commentary by:

  • Ernest Urtasun, Member, European Parliament
  • Irena Moozova, Director, European Commission Directorate-General for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
  • Pirkko Mahlamäki, Executive Committee Member, European Disability Forum
  • Pavel Trantina, President, Section for Employment, Social Affairs and Citizenship, European Economic and Social Committee


  1. How would the European Agenda on Migration be more effective by setting gender-specific targets?
  2. What measures are needed to ensure gender equality among older people or people with disabilities?
  3. What new pathways could the work-life balance package provide to ensure equal economic independence and equal sharing of care duties between women and men?

13:00–14:30 Lunch

Press conference

14:30–15:40 PANEL DEBATE

Gender equality and health: are women and men equally healthy?

Commentary by:

  • Zuzana Madarova, National Expert, EIGE
  • Xavier Prats-Monné, Director-General, European Commission Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety
  • Sirpa Pietikäinen, Member, European Parliament
  • Vanessa Moore, Senior Researcher, European Institute of Women’s Health


  1. How can gender gaps be better addressed by health policies?
  2. How can the different health needs of women and men be met effectively by policies?
  3. How to ensure better evidence to improve women’s and men’s health?
  4. Can gender mainstreaming ensure stronger synergies between social, economic and health policies?


Decision-making in research, media and sports

Davide Barbieri, Statistician, EIGE

Commentary by:

  • Rolf Tarrach, President, European Universities Association, Luxembourg
  • Paulina Tomczyk, Policy Officer, EU Athletes
  • Edith Stohl, Editor, Austrian National Radio


  • Frans Timmermans, First Vice President, European Commission
  • Matti Maasikas, Deputy Minister for EU Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
    of the Republic of Estonia
  • Virginija Langbakk, Director, EIGE

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Practical Information

The conference will take place on 11 October from 09:00-17:00 in the Justus Lipsius building, Rue de la Loi 175, 1000 Brussels, Belgium.View the map.

Please be aware that access to the building requires you to pass a tight security check. In order to allow a smooth start, you are kindly requested to start registering from 8:00 am.

Conference video recordings


Gender Equality Index 2017: Measuring gender equality in the European Union 2005-2015 - Report

Gender Equality Index 2017: Measuring gender equality in the European Union 2005-2015 - Main findings

Gender Equality Index 2017 in brief: A snail’s pace towards gender equality

Press release: Gender Equality Index 2017: Progress at a snail’s pace




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