About the Conference

New research from EIGE examines how structures, budgets and the status allocated to gender equality and gender mainstreaming work have changed over the past 10 years. As a new European Parliament and Commission get ready to begin their mandate and the EU's seven-year budget nears finalisation, we believe it is time to talk about how to secure a renewed commitment for gender equality.  



Together with Member States, the European Commission, European Parliament, civil society, social partners and academia, we want to discuss how the EU can fulfil its legal and political commitments to gender equality.

If you need additional information regarding the conference, please contact powerupconference@eige.europa.eu

Conference live (EN)

Morning session 9:00-13:00 CET

Afternoon session 14:15-16:30 CET


Conference moderators:

  • Florence Ranson,  EU affairs strategist, spokesperson, media relations specialist

08:15–09:00 Registration

09:00–09:20 Welcome and introduction

  • Reijo Kemppinen, Director-General Communication and Information, General Secretariat of the Council
  • Virginija Langbakk, Director, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)

09:20–10:50 Session 1: The future of gender equality: what are the goals and challenges for gender mainstreaming?


Irena Moozova, Director for Equality and Union Citizenship, European Commission.


  • Evelyn Regner, Chair of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Committee (FEMM), European Parliament
  • Mara Marinaki, Ambassador, EEAS Principal Advisor on Gender and Women, Peace and Security

  • Dagmar Schumacher, Director, UN Women Brussels Office
  • Maria Stratigaki, Researcher, Gender Equality Expert, Politician

10:50–11:15 Tea/Coffee break

11:15–13:00 Session 2: Mainstreaming gender in all policy areas: how to effectively integrate gender equality into the post-2020 EU strategy?


Rosa Monteiro, Secretary of State of Citizenship and Equality, Portugal 


  • Alexandra Geese,  Member of Committee on Budgets (BUDG), European Parliament
  • Katarina Ivanković-Knežević, Director for Social Affairs, European Commission
  • Esther Lynch, Deputy General Secretary, ETUC
  • Eugenia Migliori, Principal Policy Adviser, CBI

13:00–14:15 Lunch

14:15–16:00 Session 3: What is the impact of changing budgets and structures for gender equality?


Barbara Limanowska, Programme Coordinator - Gender Mainstreaming, EIGE


  • Saila Ruuth, State Secretary to the Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Finland
  • Anne Gaspard, Executive Director, Equinet
  • Ana Sofia Fernandes, Vice-President, European Women’s Lobby

16:00–16:30 Closing remarks

  • Saila Ruuth, State Secretary to the Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Finland

  • Maruša Gortnar, Head of Operations, EIGE


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Practical Information

The conference will take place on 19 November from 09:00–16:30 in the Europa Building, Rue de la Loi 155, 1000 Brussels.View the map.

Please be aware that to access the building, there is a tight security check. For a smooth start, you are encouraged to arrive at the venue at 8:15 am for registration.

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