[Brussels, 14 November, Communication from DG Justice, European Commission] The 2017 Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights will take place in Brussels on 20 and 21 November. This year’s focus will be on "Women’s rights in turbulent times". The objective of the Annual Colloquium is to improve mutual cooperation and greater political engagement for the promotion and protection of key fundamental rights in the EU.
This year’s Colloquium will be a forum in which political decision-makers in the European Union, representatives of civil society organisations, leading academics, businesses and trade unions, media representatives, journalists, and international organisations reflect together, from a fundamental rights perspective, on the relationship between strong fundamental rights for women, and resilient democratic societies.
The wide range of topics for discussion will include the link between misogyny in society and the violation of the fundamental rights of women; women’s economic and political empowerment and the key obstacles to gender equality; the international women’s movement and the shrinking space for civil society; violence against women and links to other forms of violence in society; gender stereotypes, culture, and attitudes. The discussions during this event will explore avenues for action to ensure women’s rights and work towards gender equality in the EU.
European Women’s Lobby members and staff will be present at the Colloquium, to push for a reinvigorated political impetus to put Women’s Rights and Gender Equality back at the centre of the EU project, it’s about time and we won’t wait another century!
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