The World Solidarity Forum invites you to join our panel discussion event “Women in Politics”
The European elections in May 2019 will leave the political landscape considerably altered and provide for the perfect space for raising a key issue, the role of women in politics. Women are still underrepresented, and this has a strong impact on the enacted policies and, more importantly, on the legitimacy of the political establishment.
Gender equality has been deemed a key priority and a fundamental right since the birth of the EU, yet today women are chronically underrepresented at all levels of government. 37% of the MEPs are women, and at the member state level the percentage of women members of national parliaments is lower: on average, only 30%.
Women in politics is not only about numbers but about genuine representation. Whatever the result of the incoming EU elections is, a strong message against gender inequality needs to become omnipresent at all levels. The EU needs to overcome its underlying true democratic deficit, the integration of women in the institutions supposed to represent them.
6.40 pm – Registration
7 pm – Panel Debate with Q&A
• Neva Sadikoglu-Novaky – Secretary General, European Conservatives and Reformists Group, European Committee of the Regions
• Manon Deshayes – Policy and Campaigns Assistant, European Women’s Lobby
• Marcela Válková – Co-founder and Treasurer of Volt Belgium and MEP candidate for the NL speaking constituency in Belgium
• Lamia Khan – Representative of the Flemish Authorities in the Brussels-Capital Region and community councillor
WSF moderator: Fatlum Gashi
8 pm – Networking drink