The Secretariat is arranging a conference on working life for EU gender equality ministers

2017-06-14 16:53

Sweden’s Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Regnér wishes to focus on matters of gender equality during the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in November. Therefore, several EU gender equality ministers have been invited to a conference linked to the Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth in Gothenburg this autumn. The conference will be organised by the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, who are responsible for the summit.

– Naturally we are pleased to participate and organise such a conference. We have extensive knowledge of gender equality issues, both nationally and internationally thanks to work from our previous Government commissions and contact with the world of research. It is important to expand and deepen matters of gender equality and work, and to introduce research-based knowledge. Gender research has a lot to contribute to the discussions, says Acting Manager for the Secretariat, Maria Grönroos.

On 17 November, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfvén and President of the EU Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker will welcome delegates to Gothenburg for the EU Social Summit for Fair Jobs and Growth. Heads of state, labour market representatives and other actors will be present to discuss the issues.

In conjunction with the summit, Sweden’s Minister for Children, the Elderly and Gender Equality, Åsa Regnér has commissioned the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research at the University of Gothenburg to organise a conference for select participants. She will host the conference.

– It is difficult to discuss well-functioning, fair labour markets and sustainable social security systems without mentioning gender equality. Therefore, issues of gender equality will be raised during the summit. The gender equality perspective is also a central topic in discussions about the EU’s future in general, and for this reason we will arrange this ministerial conference together with the University of Gothenburg, the minister said in a press release.

Gender Equality ministers from a selection of EU member states are the target audience for the conference, as are representatives from the labour market, EU Commission, the EU Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and representatives from the public.

– Additionally, the Secretariat is experienced in collecting and conveying knowledge surrounding Nordic work with gender equality, and organising meeting places in a European arena. We will benefit from this expertise when we put together the EU summit. We are in continuous discussion with European actors in the field and are able to integrate various aspects of working life matters within the EU, says Maria Grönroos.

Author Kajsa Widegren and Anneli Tillberg, translated by Semantix.
Photo Anneli Tillberg
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