The European Women’s Forum is a dynamic five-day event in Brussels, exclusive for European Women’s Lobby members, which will convene and mobilise the European Women’s Movement, EU policy makers, and private-sector influencers to develop concrete strategies, campaigns and action plans for tackling key women’s rights and gender equality issues in Europe during 2017-2018.
During the forum:
- Grassroots activists will share their experiences, information and insight about developments in women’s rights and gender equality within their national, regional, and local contexts
- Front-line activists and survivors of violence will inform policy makers, private-sector leaders and the public about key issues on the ground
- Participants will plan and co-create campaigns together with the European Women’s Lobby Secretariat for 2017-18
- Policy-makers and private-sector leaders will discuss and exchange on how different groups and sectors can contribute to women’s rights and gender equality, and share best practices
- Participants will come together to celebrate the successes of the European Women’s Movement and Global Women’s Movement, hear inspiring stories from movement leaders, and participate in interactive awareness-raising actions
The European Women’s Movement- 300+ representatives of grassroots women’s organisations from 31 European countries
- Private sector leaders- corporations, foundations, SMEs
- Civil Society leaders
- EU Policy Makers
- Government representatives
- General Public (select events)
Each of the many sessions over the course of the four days of the form will produce its own outputs: from Factsheets on the state of violence against women, to campaign plans for getting more women into politics in the 2019 European Parliament elections, to working papers on feminist economics.
Taken together, the work and thinking that takes place at the European Women’s Forum 2017 will feed into a larger multi-year project spearheaded by the European Women’s Lobby, which focuses on building, strengthening and refreshing the European Women’s Movement by 2020.