07 June 2018 - 13:00 - 14:00
Věra Jourová, Shada Islam

Join us for a ‘Conversation with’ Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, we will discuss her areas of responsibility to explore how the highs and lows of this wide and important brief affects the everyday lives of European citizens in terms of equality and rights. 

This event is a part of our ‘Conversation with’ series, which this year functions as a look-back at the past term of the Juncker Commission’s College of Commissioners. In a pre-election year the ‘Conversation with’ series will serve as an alternative and distinct approach to the evaluation of European Commissioners and to engage in a candid conversation about their mandate and importantly the work that is unfinished which should be a priority for the next term of the Commission given the elections in May 2019.


Welcome coffee & registration


‘Conversation with’  Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

What’s the scorecard on gender equality at the end of this term – is it balanced? The emergence of the high profile #MeToo movement demonstrated the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment in the workplace; the enduring gender pay gap; the dominance of men in the top quartile of pay; that women’s representation in decision-making is woefully disproportionate; and out of 28 EU Commissioners only 9 are women - all point to the fact that the work on gender equality is not done.

  • What can be done to buck the trend of ongoing inequality when the gains are not only social but economic - eliminating the gender pay-gap could add billions to annual gross domestic across Europe? 
  • After the May 2019 elections, what should be the priorities in promoting women in leadership for the next Commission? 

Moderated by
Shada Islam, Director for Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe 


End of debate

Věra Jourová
European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
Věra Jourová is a Czech politician, businesswoman, and lawyer, who currently serves as European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality as part of the Juncker Commission. Jourová’s main responsibilities include fighting discrimination, promoting gender equality, judicial cooperation within the EU, and privacy concerns. She was previously Czech Minister for Regional Development, an international consultant on European Union funding, and was also involved in consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to EU Accession. She has worked in conjunction with Vice-President Ansip on aspects of consumer rules and online purchases as part of the General Data Protection Regulation.
Shada Islam
Director Europe & Geopolitics
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, Migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum. Shada is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) where she teaches Asia-Europe relations and has been selected as a fellow by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brussels by Politico. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian and Migration issues at the European Policy Centre. She is one of the authors of Friends of Europe’s much-read “Frankly Speaking” commentary and is sought after as a speaker, commentator, columnist and moderator at high-level European and global events. Shada also continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications and academic journals.
Antonia Erlandsson, Programme Executive
Tel.: +32 2 300 29 92
Email: antonia.erlandsson@friendsofeurope.org

This event is by invitation only and for Friends of Europe members. You may find further information on the membership below or get in touch with Natasha Ibbotson, Senior Programme & Partnership Development Manager, on +32 2 893 98 24 or natasha.ibbotson@friendsofeurope.org.
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