EIGE’s Director, Carlien Scheele, participates in a number of interventions throughout the year.

From high level political meetings to international conferences, she addresses priority areas related to gender equality based on EIGE’s evidence.

Statistics and stories go hand in hand. See EIGE’s Director in action as she brings the latest evidence to life in key events.  

Carlien Scheele's CV

Carlien Scheele is the Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) in Vilnius, Lithuania. EIGE is EU’s knowledge center on Gender Equality. By providing reliable and policy-oriented data and information, it supports the EU and its Member States to strengthen the promotion of gender equality.

At EIGE’s helm since February 2020, she oversees the Institute's strategic programmes of activities and budgets. Ms Scheele aims to cement EIGE’s position as the EU’s knowledge centre on gender equality and deepen collaboration within and beyond Europe.

Before taking up her post at EIGE, Ms Scheele worked as a Senior Gender Equality Adviser/Senior Human Resources Adviser in the Council of Europe, seconded from the Dutch government.

Previously, she worked as the Director for Gender and LGBT Equality for the Dutch government, where she coordinated the national gender and LGBT equality policies.


  • Tapping into talent: more gender equal access to the labour market

    In a High-Level Conference on a future oriented European Pillar of Social Rights on 15 April 2024 in Brussels, Director Carlien Scheele gave a key note address on access to the labour market from a gender equal and intersectional approach.

  • There is no democracy without women

    Director Carlien Scheele presented the agency’s toolkit for gender sensitive parliaments to the Committee on Equality and Non-Discrimination at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Paris on 18 March 2024.

  • Changing the game: women in sports

    In an Inter-parliamentary Committee Meeting at European Parliament on 7 March 2024 Director Carlien Scheele weighs in on the challenges women face in sports – and how they can be a force for promoting gender equality on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2024.

  • Today’s choices are tomorrow’s consequences

    In an informal meeting with European Gender Equality Ministers on 27 February 2024 under the Belgian Presidency, Director Carlien Scheele presented a vision of what gender equality could look like in 2030 – if we already put ourselves there.

  • Challenges and Changes: promoting women in law enforcement

    EIGE's Director, Carlien Scheele, addresses a High-level International Conference on Women in Law Enforcement organised by the Lithuanian Ministry of Interior on 2 February 2024 with the participation of women in leadership positions in the internal security sector, both at the EU and at national levels.

  • Looking to the future of gender equality: emerging priorities issues

    Delivering the first outcomes of EIGE’s Strategic Foresight workshops to the European Commission and Member States, Director Carlien Scheele participated at the Meeting of the High-Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming in Brussels on 29 January as part of the Belgian Presidency.

  • Presenting EIGE’s 2024 Work Programme

    European Parliament: FEMM Committee Meeting Presenting EIGE’s 2024 Work Programme Wednesday 24th January 2024 Good afternoon honourable members, and all of you joining us today. It’s great to kick start 2024 with this tradition. I’m very keen to share EIGE’s programme for the coming year. Because as you all know this is a very significant year for Europe with the...

  • More women and girls in STE(A)M = social and economic growth

    Attending the OECD and Spanish Presidency Conference on the Future of Girls in STE(A)M on 13 December in Madrid, Spain, Carlien Scheele covered gender stereotypes and concrete ways to encourage more girls to embrace STE(A)M subjects.

  • Unpaid Care: committed actions can take us from a bleak to a bright future

    Marking 10 years of commitment and advocacy for domestic and home care in the EU, EIGE’s Director, Carlien Scheele gave an address at the Domestic and Home Care EU Congress on 14 November 2023 hosted by the European Federation for Family Employment and Home Care at the EGG Center in Brussels Good morning to the members of the European Federation...

  • In conversation: “If we speak about a social and fair transition, it means we should leave no one behind”

    Setting the scene during the Gender Equality Index 2023 conference on 24 October 2023 at the European Parliament, moderator Federica Di Sario discusses with EIGE's Director Carlien Scheele, on where the European Green Deal and Gender Equality meet and why it matters now more than ever.