Ceilings, Gaps and Walls. Overcoming challenges and achieving Gender Equality in the 21st century

Today, International Women's Day a public conference organised by Amicale Femmes of the Council of Europe will take place from 15:00 to 16:30 (CET), and will include short presentations by the speakers, followed by a Questions & Answers session at the end.

The conference will be open to the public via livestreaming on our webstreaming platform and Facebook channel .

The female leaders invited, a plethora of female leading professionals from the cultural sphere including the founder of Ewa Network, Francine Raveney – will reflect on the evolution of gender (in)equality throughout history, as well as the current challenges and opportunities. The panellists will share views on the framing of gender equality policies, as well as personal experiences in dealing with issues such as the gender pay gap or glass ceilings in modern career opportunities.

The event will be moderated by the EU Ambassador to the Council of Europe, Ms Meglena Kuneva along with the President of Amicale Femmes of the Council of Europe, Ms Inna Dimova, and will feature the following speakers:

Ms Francine Hetherington Raveney, Gender Equality and Communication Senior International Consultant, Founder of the European Women’s Audiovisual Network

Prof. Jutta Allmendinger, President of the WZB Berlin Social Science Center, Professor of Educational Sociology and Labour Market Research, Humboldt University, and Senior Fellow at CES, Harvard University

Ms Despina Chatzivassiliou-Tsovilis, Secretary General of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Ms Marie Fontanel, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of France to the Council of Europe

Ms Nina Nordström, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Finland to the Council of Europe and Chair of the Committee of the Parties to the Istanbul Convention

Ms Françoise Lauritzen, Former Official of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees