• EIGE and Eurooppanaiset - afternoon discussion

    Eurooppanaiset (Women of Europe)-the Finnish Association of Women - and EIGE briefly met during the afternoon today in the context of the Institute's stakeholder relations activities.The topics of discussion ranged from the development of EIGE's European Network for Gender Equality, to the recent main findings report for the Polish Presidency of the European Union.The meeting established an important first bridge between the future Finnish member of EIGE's European Network on Gender Equality.

  • 3rd Meeting of the Working Group on the Beijing Indicators

    EIGE's Working Group on the Beijing Indicators convened yesterday (15 September) in Vilnius to discuss the progress on current work for the Polish EU Presidency including the upcoming studies being conducted in the context of the Danish and Cypriot 2012 EU presidencies.

  • Meet Ms. Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo

    The Women Inspiring Europe 2011 Calendar features Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo in the month of September.When Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo died in 2004, it was nothing less than an era coming to an end in Portugal. Hers was the century of women being excluded from positions of power – and she went out and conquered them for generations to come being the first female president in Portugal and only the second woman to become head of state in Europe.Read the full article about Maria de Lourdes Pintasilgo

  • Meet Ms. Cristina Gallach

    The Women Inspiring Europe 2011 Calendar features Ms. Cristina Gallach in the month of August.Having spent more than two decades at the forefront of foreign policy – first as a journalist, then as the spokesperson for Javier Solana at NATO and the EU as well as the Spanish EU Presidency –Cristina Gallach is a household name in international relations and has been designated as one of Europe’s 30 most influential people with regards to policy and legislation.Read the full article about Ms.

  • Meet Ms. Chrissie Wellington

    The Women Inspiring Europe 2011 Calendar features Ms. Chrissie Wellington in the month of July.Chrissie has won the Ironman contest – the hardest triathlon in the world – not once, not twice, but three times in a row, making her the third woman ever to achieve a triple Ironman Championship. She holds both the course record for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii as well as the world record for the Ironman distance triathlon.

  • EIGE and ECWT start dialogue

    Virginja Langbakk, Director of the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and Eva Fabry, Director of the European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT) met on 29 June 2011 in Vilnius, Lithuania. Theydiscussed areas of collaboration between the two organizations, in particular, in the collection of data in the area of women and technology and in the upcoming research of the Institute on the Women and the Environment.The directors discussed the importance of an integrated approach regarding gender gaps at the EU level and pointed out the strong interlink between EU policies on gender equality and women empowerment.The European Institute for Gender Equality, established in May 2007 based on Regulation (EC) No 1922/2006 of the European Parliament and the Council functions as a knowledge centre on gender equality issues.Equality between women and men is both a fundamental right and a common principle of the European Union.

  • Meet Ms. Michaela Miroiu

    The Women Inspiring Europe 2011 Calendar features Ms. Michaela Miroiu in the month of June.In 1989, when her country opened up, Michaela Miroiu was 34. “Already!”, she exclaims today and you can hear a pinch of regret in her voice. A passionate scientist and argumentative mind, Miroiu had to take the toll of being trapped under the Soviet rule for the first half of her academic life.Read the full article about Ms.

  • Strong focus on EIGE's work with Gender Equality

    It was with great pleasure that the Institute received a visit from the Director of DG Justice, Directorate D (European Commission) - Mr.Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, in Vilnius on the occasion of the Management Board meeting.left to right: Ms. Daniela Bankier, Head of Gender Equality Unit (European Commission), Mr. Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, Director of DG Justice, Directorate D (European Commission) and Ms. Virginija Langbakk, EIGE DirectorAlongside a new five-year strategy for promoting equality between women and men in Europe in place, focus is currently being directed at the work being done where EIGE plays an important role in making equality between women and men a reality.Director Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea took the opportunity of his visit to meet and talk with all staff.

  • Journalists meet to discuss reconciliation

    Reconciliation is a topic that from time to time is picked up by the media. At the Journalists' Consultations Meeting (JCM) in Marseille, an introduction on promoting a balance between working, personal and family life for both women and men in the EU and a presentation of EIGE’s working areas was on the agenda.Barbara Wurster, EIGE Head of OperationsAt the same time the JCM works as a consultation process for EIGE to receive input for its Communications Strategy that currently is being developed.Journalist and media experts from Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, UK and Ireland were invited to the Journalists' Consultation Meeting in Marseille.

  • European Parliament Committee for Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) visit to EIGE

    The European Institute for Gender Equality in Vilnius and the committee for Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) meet to discuss their cooperation during a first visit to the Institute. Other important points of discussion were the Europe 2020 strategy, reconciliation and violence against women.Over the course of two days the FEMM committee’s visit to EIGE featured discussions on their cooperation.

  • Developing the EU Gender Equality Index

    Experts from across Europe have visited EIGE for the first International Organisations' Experts' Meeting on the new EU Gender Equality Index.Christopher Garroway (OECD), Andres Vikat (UNECE) and Ligia Nobrega (EIGE)The European Commission has started a concrete process toward the construction of a European Union Gender Equality Index. EIGE is leading the process by carrying out research on the basic structure of the Index and analysis on reliable and comparable data.

  • Meet Ms. Stanimira Hadjimitova

    The Women Inspiring Europe 2011 Calendar features Ms. Stanimira Hadjimitova in the month of May.With her smart haircut, tailored dark suit and crisp white shirt, Stanimira Hadjimitova is every inch the tough businesswoman. One of only a few women to graduate in a technical field from the University of Sofia, she could have stayed on the same path, climbing from one success to the next.