Feminist Europe carries out its first feminist advocacy action at European level
The conference “We build the future of Europe with a feminist perspective” has had the presence of institutional and expert representatives.
On December 3, the Fem EU (Feminist Europe) project made the first step towards its goal. The campaign was launched in the frame of the upcoming European elections of 2019 and advocates for the inclusion of gender equality and women’s human rights as a priority of the future European political agenda. The conference took place in the Francesca Bonnemaison’ premises (Barcelona) with more than 100 participants.
During the event, Ernest Urtasun, member of the European Parliament and member of the Women’s Rights and Gender Equality Commission, declared that “legislative initiatives and budgets must be unblocked to guarantee an effective approach to discrimination against women and to comply with the Istanbul Convention”
With the same focus, Maren Siemers, of the Representation in Barcelona of the European Commission, affirmed that “gender equality goes far beyond women”.
In the panel “How we Make EU from the media”, moderated by the journalist, Susana Pérez Soler, journalists Carmen Colomina intervened, remarking that “when we vote in the European Parliament we must think about whom we want to empower”; Isabel Muntané who highlighted that “news with feminist topics are invisible and silenced in the newsrooms” and Alicia Oliver who said that “from the media we can denounce what is happening regarding the violation of women’s rights”.
In the panel “How we Make EU from politics”, moderated by the journalist Carles Prats, and with the participation of the deputies in the Parliament of Catalonia: Susana Beltrán, Esther Niubó, Rut Ribas and Susanna Segovia and the councilor of the Barcelona City Council, Francina Vila, providing a wide range of views of the various political forces regarding what is considered public gender policies and feminist governance.
In the panel “How we Make EU from the social incidence”, moderated by the journalist Ruth Gumbau, and with the participation of the representatives of the civil society and feminist activists, Sílvia Aldavert, coordinator of the L’Associació de Drets Sexuals i Reproductius (Association of Sexual and Reproductive Rights); Gemma Altell Vice President of the Xarxa de Dones Directives de l’Acció Social (Network of Women Managers of Social Action); Montse Pineda, political advocacy coordinator of Creación Positiva Association, and Neus Pociello, director of the Aroa Foundation and coordinator of the Fem_EU campaign. From the panel, the need for follow-up was claimed so that the measures approved will be fully fullfilled, the need to work towards a real public co-production of the policies and the urgency to act in the face of the advance of fundamentalisms that are threatening the rights of women.
The concluding interventions were done by Mireia Borrell, Director General of Foreign Affairs of the Generalitat of Catalonia who stressed that “the European Union should not belong to member states but to the citizens”; Elena Lledós, Manager of the Department of Equality and Citizenship of the Barcelona County Council and Joaquim Millan, director of Eurolocal and coordinator of the Fem_EU campaign.
The closure of the campaign will be a 2nd Conference that will take place on 29th March in Barcelona. On this occasion, local, national and European experts from the political, social, economic and media arena will participate. The campaign will also reach different European countries and municipalities throughout Catalonia where meetings with citizens, entities and groups will be organized.
Until then, you can follow the FEM_EU campaign through social networks with the hashtags #FemEU2019 #FeministEurope #thistimeimvoting #WomenontheEEroad. Thus, people, entities, institutions and companies that wish to do so can also give their support through the following link: https://goo.gl/forms/aYTdcUsOTHnX0Mtk2
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