On 3 and 4 March, Paris is hosting a meeting organised by EUROsociAL+ where European and Latin American representatives will address advances toward women’s economic independence
What is your strategy for progressing towards the women’s economic independence? That is the question being asked by European Union and Latin American ministries, vice-ministries, secretariats and institutes with the aim of reinforcing gender equality on both continents.
To answer it, they will meet in Paris on 3 and 4 March at an event organised by EUROsociAL+ . This cooperation programme, funded by the European Union and led by the FIIAPP, has supported the drafting and implementation of public policies to reduce inequality in Latin America for more than 15 years.
The EUROsociAL+ Gender Equality Policies area, coordinated by Expertise France, works to improve women’s rights. It sets out to reduce inequality between women and men, and to encourage physical, socio-economic, and political independence of women, strengthening public policies for gender equality and promoting their cross-cutting implementation.
Among the EUROsociAL+ pro-equality initiatives, it promotes Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women to mainstream the gender approach and develops public policies that reduce inequalities. These mechanisms are used to identify women’s needs and propose specific measures. They are also used to steer and coordinate intersectoral responses.
Within the framework of the French presidency of the Council of the European Union, the Gender Equality Policies area aims to create a space for Euro-Latin American dialogue between ministries, secretariats and institutes for the promotion of women’s rights to share good practices around the next challenge: women’s financial independence.
Women’s financial independence is a major challenge in both Europe and Latin America. The challenge encompasses several regional problems (equal access to education, early motherhood, job insecurity, equal pay, the work-life balance and care) that require an intersectoral response (education, employment, social protection, private business sector) with a holistic approach and considering the entire life cycle of women.
Continuing with the commitments made during the Generation Equality Forum, the Advancement Mechanisms for Women are intended to guide governments to consider these different dimensions and move towards a more egalitarian and inclusive society.
Intervention format: Each institution must answer the question: What is your strategy for facilitating women’s financial independence?
Participating persons: The highest authorities of the Mechanisms for the Advancement of Women (Ministries, Vice-ministries, secretaries and institutes) of the European Union and Latin America.