GPF seminar “Making the EU enlargement process deliver for Western Balkans women”

Friday, August 24, 2018 - 13:45 to 18:00

Despite the EU’s commitment to integrate the notion of gender equality in all policy areas, the implementation of gender equality legislations in its enlargement policy is still a challenge. The contemporary developments in recent Enlargement countries give us cause for both optimism and concern in this regard, and reveal the necessity to further discuss the topic of gender and enlargement as part of our progressive agenda.

Therefore, building on the momentum of the adoption of the EU strategy for the Western Balkans, the Global Progressive Forum is organising a seminar entitled “Making the EU enlargement process deliver for Western Balkans women”, which will take place the 24th of August 2018 in Korcula, Croatia. The event would bring together politicians of progressive parties from the region, CSOs, NGOs and foundations working on this topic. Issues of focus will be Gender Mainstreaming in the EU Accession process, access to sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as employment and social policies and work/life balance.

We are pleased to invite you to participate on this seminar and to join our dialogue to reinforce our initiative on building “an EU feminist external agenda”.

The event will precede the Korcula Summer School of the CEE Network for Gender Issues on the 25th and 26th of August.

With S&D Members' Enrique Guerrero Salom, GPF Co-Chair, Julie Ward and Biljana Borzan

 

 

Opening remarks

 

- Enrique Guerrero Salom MEP, GPF Co-Chair (Spain)

- Dasa Silovic, Chair, CEE Network for Gender Issues (Croatia)

- Zita Gurmai MP, President, PES Women (Hungary)

 

 

Introductory presentation

 

Presentation of the Report Women’s Rights in the Western Balkans

Maja Stajcic Riza Aragon, Senior Programme Officer, Kvinna till Kvinna

 

 

Workshop 1 - EU Accession and Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in the Western Balkans

 

Chaired by Biljana Borzan MEP, Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Gender Equality and Women’s Rights, the Delegation to the EU-FYROM Joint Parliamentary Committee and the Delegation to the EU-Montenegro Stabilisation and Association Parliamentary Committee (Croatia)

Lessons learnt from the Accession of Croatia in 2013

 

Discussants:

- Zita Gurmai MP, President, PES Women (Hungary)

Lessons learnt from the Accession of Hungary in 2004

- Kalinka Gaber, Secretary of State for European Affairs (FYR Macedonia)

- Marina Nikolic, President, DS Women’s forum (Serbia)

 

 

 

Workshop 2 - Gendering Employment and Social Policies : EU Accession and work/life balance

 

Chaired by Mojca Kleva Kekuš, President, Progresiva (Slovenia)

Lessons learnt from the Accession of Slovenia in 2004

 

Expert presentation: Ingrid Röder PhD, Researcher


Discussants:

- Julie Ward MEP, Member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality and of the Delegation for relations with Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo (United Kingdom)

- Nicole Farnsworth, Programme Manager and Lead Researcher,Kosova Women’s Network (Kosovo)

- Nermina Zaimovic, President, SDP Women’s forum (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

- Daliborka Pejovic, President, DPS Women’ forum (Montenegro) (tbc - move to panel 1?)

- Jovana Majstorovic, Vice-President, Young European Socialists (Serbia) (tbc)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Location: 
Croatia
GPF in the World: 
Europe
Initiatives: 
EU feminist external agenda