Thursday, 20 February 2014

CONCORD Puts Gender and Development in the Spotlight at European Parliament

The CONCORD Gender working group – which encompasses organizations working on gender-related issues in both development and humanitarian settings – as part of its monitoring and advocating for the inclusion of improved gender-focused actions within the development policies of the European Union and its Member States, is organising a series of gender and development lunches at the European Parliament.

In the context of the current discussions underway on the Post-2015 Framework, the first gender and development lunch took place yesterday 29 January 2014 at the European Parliament. The lunch was hosted with the support of Mr. Mikael Gustafsson, MEP – the Chair of the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) – and Ms. Edite Estrella, MEP – Vice chair of the FEMM Committee. This inaugural meeting, which brought together representatives of the European Parliament, civil society, the EU institutions and EU Member States representatives , and the United Nations focused on the outcome of the UN General Assembly held in September 2013 and the current debate on the Post-MDGs framework. Speakers and participants took stock and debated the next steps that the European Union, multilateral organizations, and civil society organizations in Europe and globally can take towards a singular target: the adoption of a Post 2015 Framework in which gender equality, together with the empowerment and rights of women and girls, feature as central elements, with a special focus on sexual and reproductive health and rights

See more at the CONCORD website.

Photo: CONCORD Gender and Development Lunch at the EP.

Source: CONCORD 

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