The European Commission (DG Employment) and the European Community of Practice on Gender Mainstreaming ( are pleased to invite you to participate in a conference with the aim of increasing the understanding of how Gender Equality is fundamental in order to meet the objectives of the EU 2020 strategy.

The purpose of the conference is to explore the flagship themes from a gender perspective, showing how gender equality is a fundamental aspect for sound and sustainable economic and social development. It sets out to increase the know-how on how a gender perspective can be applied by sharing research and examples of initiatives challenging notions of gender neutrality, in particular with relevance to the three Flagship initiatives:

  1. An agenda for New Skills and Jobs,
  2. Youth on the Move and
  3. The European Platform against Poverty.

In the preparation for the next Structural Funds period, integrating a gender perspective is essential in order to meet the objectives of the EU 2020 strategy in a way that supports development towards a more gender equal society. Increasing the understanding of how both economic growth and the current European crisis have a different impact on women and men, will strengthen the quality of the implementation of the flagship priorities funded by the ESF and other Structural Funds.

Registration: Register not later than June 5, 2012 on As places are limited please note that a confirmation of whether your application to participate in the conference has been accepted will be sent out by email not later than June 15, 2012.