A ‘Conversation with’ Vera Jourova, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

26 June 2018 - 18:00 - 19:00
Věra Jourová

Originally due to take place on Monday 11 June, this event is now taking place on Tuesday 26 June


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 affect the everyday lives of European citizens in terms of equality and rights. 

This event – What’s the scorecard on gender equality? - is part of our ’Conversation with’ series. This year we’re taking the opportunity to audit EU commissioners and give them the opportunity to engage in a candid conversation about their mandate and importantly the unfinished work which should be a priority for the next Commission.

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

As we near the end of the Commission term: What’s the scorecard on gender equality?

The EU has set itself out to be a watchdog for gender equality, yet only 9 out of 28 EU Commissioners and 37% of members of the current European Parliament are women. The glass ceiling, though it has risen over the past decades, has not shattered. The gender-pay gap and continued male dominance in decision-making positions show that efforts made haven’t been enough. Why do some still consider ‘feminism’ a bad word? 

  • How do we break the glass ceiling in Europe and ensure gender parity at leadership level? 
  • How would an increased level of women in leadership positions affect policies?
  • How do we ensure more women participate as voters, candidates and political party leaders in the upcoming European elections? 

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Věra Jourová
EU Commissioner on 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.
Antonia Erlandsson, Programme Executive
Tel.: +32 2 300 29 92
Email: antonia.erlandsson@friendsofeurope.org

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