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.


  • 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.

  • Gender Equality Index 2023: Far From The Finish Line?

    On 24 October 2023 EIGE’s Director, Carlien Scheele, delivered the Gender Equality Index 2023 results to the FEMM Committee in European Parliament followed by an exchange of views.

  • Committing to gender budgeting for gender equality

    Kicking off European Parliament’s Gender Equality week, EIGE’s Director, Carlien Scheele gave an address at the Joint exchange of views on Gender mainstreaming in the EU budget on 23 October 2023 organised by the Committee on Budgets, Budgetary Control and FEMM.

  • Actioning solutions where gender-based violence and crisis meet

    EIGE’s Director provided the opening remarks at a conference held at the Lithuanian Parliament in Vilnius on Violence against Women in Times of Crisis: Challenges and Potential Solutions under the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

  • Energy poverty is not about households. It’s about who is in those households.

    Ahead of International Women's Day, EIGE's Director Carlien Scheele participated in an Interparliamentary Committee Meeting in European Parliament on 1 March focused on understanding energy poverty through a gendered lens​.

  • The economic tolls of gender-based violence

    EIGE Director Carlien Scheele delivered a keynote address at the Swedish Presidency of the Council of the European Union Conference in Stockholm, providing an economic perspective on gender-based violence to pave paths to prevention.

  • The power of women participating in conflict prevention and peace talks

    EIGE’s Director Carlien Scheele gave an online address for the ‘Women, Peace and Security: Building Alliances for Sustainable Peace’ Forum held on 22-23 October 2022 in Prishtina, Kosovo, hosted by the President of the Republic of Kosovo Dr. Vjosa Osmani.

  • The evident benefits of gender equality for the EU and beyond

    EIGE Director Carlien Scheele participated virtually in the EU Japan Gender Equality Thematic Workshop as a keynote speaker, weighing in on the state of play of Gender Equality and women’s empowerment across Europe: progress, barriers and ways forward on 9 th November.