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Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, put combating gender-based violence high on the agenda through the ‘Year of Focused Actions’. As that initiative comes to a close, it is time to look at what has been achieved, learn from good practices at grassroots and national level, and discuss the path ahead. To this end, the European Commission is hosting a high-level conference for representatives from Member States and international organisations, together with civil society actors and activists. The conference will take place on 4 December 2018 in Brussels.

Please note: the event is open to invited participants only.


Agenda

  • 09.30 (Europe/Brussels)

    Registration

  • 10.00

    Welcome

    • Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Equality

  • 10.15

    A Year of Focused Actions to combat violence against women

    The ‘Year of Focused Actions’ initiative was launched to dedicate 2017 to raise awareness, facilitate national and cross-border collaboration, provide information and educate about violence against women. The European Commission's Non.No.Nein. communication campaign - #SayNoStopVAW - on combating violence against women is driving these actions forward and is running until the end of 2018.

    • Ingrid Bellander Todino, Deputy Head of Unit, Gender Equality Unit, DG JUST

    The Commission launched a video competition under the communication campaign with the aim raise awareness on violence against women. We are proud to present the winning team of the competition and the awarded communication video. Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, will present the award. 

    Winning team from Ogilvy Common Health:

    • Agnes Mastikian
    • Thibault Ludwig
    • Anne Claire Sanz, Executive Director

  • 10.45

    The Daphne Programme  – 20 years of grassroots support

    The Daphne Initiative was launched in 1997 to fund grassroots projects that support victims of violence and combat the violence against women, children and young people. The initiative grew into the Daphne Programme, which has €12 million earmarked annually under the Rights Equality and Citizenship Programme. This session will explore best practices from Daphne-funded projects around four themes: measuring impact and results; innovation; multi-agency co-operation; and sustainability.

    Moderator:     Irena Moozova, Director, Equality and Union citizenship, DG JUST

    • Professor Hazel Barret, Coventry University, the United Kingdom - REPLACE2 (2012)
    • Kate Doyle, Senior Program Officer, Promundo - PARENT  (2017)

  • 11.00

    Coffee 

  • 11.15

    The Daphne Programme  – 20 years of grassroots support (cont.)

    The session will continue with best practices on combatting violence against women by project leaders of funded projects.

    • Rossana Scaricabarozzi, Head of Gender and Economic Justice Unit, ActionAid, Italy - WE GO! (2014)
    • Professor Yvette Völschow, University of Vechta, Germany - EU FEM Roadmap (2014)

    Moderated discussion among other Daphne funded project representatives present and participants on experiences and lessons learnt from EU funding to combat violence against women and girls.

  • 12.15

    Working lunch (buffet in atrium outside venue)

    • Networking and opportunity to exchange best practices among Daphne projects and continuation of the morning’s discussion.

  • 13.45

    Continuing turbulence? Ending violence in the current cultural and political environment

    This session will link key aspects of the current cultural and political context, in particular anti-gender mobilisation, the #Metoo movement, and hurdles in the Istanbul Convention ratification process. We will explore the challenges and opportunities for ending violence against women in this environment. The discussion will explore opportunities and challenges offered by the Istanbul Convention and the #Metoo movement, as regards developing cross-European legal standards, changing attitudes, and combatting stereotypes.

    • Liri Kopaci-Di Michele, Head of Violence Against Women Division, Council of Europe
    • Prof. Dr. Maria Kioseva, Legal Advisor to the Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church
    • Marina Chrysoveloni, Deputy Minister of Interior, Greece
    • Sandra Figaredo, Director of Cabinet, Secretary of State for Equality, Spain
    • Fiona Coyle, Director, End FGM European Network

    Exchange among conference participants.

    Moderator:         Bruno Selun, Director of Kumquat Consult

  • 14.45

    EU and violence against women - how to go forward together?

    Despite the turbulence, there is a positive momentum on combating violence and harassment against women after #Metoo. More women are speaking out and participating in public life and people are protesting against inequalities. How can the European Union build on this momentum and step up its work? This session will explore the importance of co-operation between Member States, European institutions and NGOs in combating violence against women. We will also explore impact of the EU's actions so far to combat gender-based violence.

    • Helena Dalli, Hon Minister for European Affairs and Equality, Republic of Malta
    • Zornitsa Roussinova, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Bulgaria
    • Stephanie Futter-Orel, Executive Manager, WAVE Network (Women Against Violence Europe)
    • Tiina Astola, Director-General, DG JUST, European Commission
    • Therese Murphy, Head of Operations, European Institute for Gender Equality

    Exchange among conference participants.

    Moderator:         Bruno Selun, Director of Kumquat Consult

  • 15.30

    Coffee

  • 16.00

    International collaboration to end violence against women

    The European Commission, the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Council of Europe, and UN Women have agreed to enhance collaboration, take stock and agree on further steps, and to call on other world leaders from both the public and private sectors to join the intensified global effort to end violence against women and girls. This session will highlight the interventions by these international partners to end violence against women and girls and launch a Global Alliance to frame this collaboration.

    • Irena Moozova, Director, Equality and Union citizenship, DG JUST
    • Alia El-Yassir, Acting Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, UN Women
    • Claudia Luciani, Director of the Human Dignity, Equality and Governance Directorate, the Council of Europe
    • Sarah Strapps Senior Policy Analyst, Directorate for Employment, Labour and Social Affair, OECD
    • Daria Goldstein, Lead Counsel and Advisor, World Bank Representation to the EU

    Moderator:         Bruno Selun, Director of Kumquat Consult

  • 16.30

    Looking ahead – What’s next?

    What is our vision for the future? How do we mobilise allies to respond to violence gender-based violence? What are the three things on your wish list on ending violence against women? This session will highlight emerging issues in combatting gender-based violence, future challenges, and the next steps in eradicating gender-based violence.

    • Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
    • Christine Revault d'Allonnes-Bonnefoy, MEP and Rapporteur on Istanbul Convention, France
    • Joanna Maycock, Secretary General, European Women’s Lobby
    • Dr. Emilia Roig, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Intersectional Justice
    • Luke Hart, Young Leaders Against Sexual Violence

    Exchange among conference participants.

    Moderator:         Bruno Selun, Director of Kumquat Consult

  • 17.15

    Closing

    • Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

  • 17.30

    Networking cocktail

  • 18.30

    End of event

Practical information

When
4 December 2018, 9.30 - 18.00 (CET)
Where
Brussels
Belgium