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The role of Civil Society in Gender Equality

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Mobilizing and building alliances- the role of civil society by Cecile Greboval, Secretary General of European Women’s Lobby, presentation presented at UNDP Regional Forum on Equal participation in decision-making, Istanbul 15 November 2011, Session 2: Mobilizing and building alliances for women’s participation in decision-making

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The role of Civil Society in Gender Equality

  1. 1. Mobilising and creatingalliances: The role of civil society UNDP REGIONAL FORUM ON “EQUAL PARTICIPATION IN DECISION-MAKING” Istanbul, November 15-17, 2011 Cécile Greboval EWL Secretary General
  2. 2. The voice of European Women  The largest umbrella organisation of women’s associations in the EU, with more than 2500 member organisations: 30 National Coordinations21 European-level member organisations
  3. 3.  The EU has been an important actor in promoting equality between women and men, especially concerning employment 5 EU Member States have legal quotas /parity system (Belgium, France, Spain, Portugal and Slovenia) In about 16 EU countries some political parties have voluntary quotas Continued…
  4. 4.  EU level: no binding measures to ensure the equal representation of women and men within the EU institutions Quotas for economic decision-making in Norway, Iceland, Spain France and belgium
  5. 5. Activities within the EWL 50/50 Campaign (2008-2009) More than 60 Campaign events in 22 countries! Petition, Facebook group, website, media work Gender audit of political parties in view of the European elections
  6. 6. Activities within the EWL 50/50 Campaign More than 300 prominent women and men from all over Europe and all political affiliations support the Campaign: 14 EU commissioners, heads of state, ministers, members of parliaments, leaders of trade unions, writers, a Nobel Prize winner etc .
  7. 7. 2009 European Elections results (1) Now 35% women in the EP → progress compared to about 30% at the start of 2004-2009 legislative period In all Member States except 2, more women in the EP than in national parliament
  8. 8. Demonstration for EU Top Jobs
  9. 9. ConclusionsA lot of work to be done to reach democracy!  Use different strategies to reach out to different actors – find allies Important role of political parties Make sure parity system fits with political system Use momentum Adapt discourse
  10. 10. THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION! For more information: www.womenlobby.org

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