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The role of women in creating Europe’s future
Over the decades, the European Union has been built on the idea of equality for all European citizens. In light of growing inequalities around the world, the European Union continues to put equality and access to opportunities, as well as equality before law, at the centre of the European project. Although positive developments are visible in all segments of social, political and economic life, the work of achieving full equality has not yet been completed. Full equality between women and men has not yet been achieved, but the European Union is determined to create a society in which knowledge and abilities and not gender will be evaluated. The role, knowledge and skills of women in today’s society are insufficiently recognised, as well as their contribution to overall progress. For this reason, the voice of a woman must be heard more powerfully! It’s the only way to ensure that our communities in the future are based on inclusiveness and equality. The aim of the conference is to contribute to changes in political and social processes and to implement the views, ideas and proposals presented in European policies. There will be two panel discussions: • Education, Culture, Youth and Sports and • Strengthening Economy, Social Justice and Jobs.
Josipa Jovića 19, 53231 Plitvička Jezera, Hrvatska
Event reportOver the decades, the European Union has built on the idea of equality for all European citizens. In light of growing inequalities around the world, the European Union continues to put equality and access to opportunities and equality before the law at the heart of the European project. While positive developments are visible in all segments of social, political and economic life, the work of achieving full equality is not yet complete. Full equality between women and men has not yet been achieved, but the European Union is determined to create a society in which knowledge and abilities, not gender, will be valued. The aim of the conference is to contribute to changes in political and social processes and to implement the stated views, ideas and proposals into European policies. The conference was held as a personal (in-person) event at Plitvice Lakes in the form of a forum where discussions were directed by a professional moderator. The conference brought together 50 participants, most women working in politics or part of their life devote themselves to political activities in the community. During the two panel discussions, topics from a women’s perspective were open on education, culture, youth and sport, as well as stronger economy, social justice and jobs. The Conference agreed on the following conclusions: Education: Further investment in education and science should be encouraged and stereotypes about the so-called male and female professions should be dismantled; strengthen existing good practices such as Horizon Europe and Erasmus; regulate education and work from home, taking into account the high expectations posed to women as mothers, housewives, carers; encourage women to choose a profession in line with the 4th Industrial Revolution; put more emphasis on pre-school education and the option of a full-day stay; promote vocational education; continue investing in lifelong education. Include education on human, civil and political rights in school curricula. Increase the cross-border mobility of young people by providing scholarships for residence and education in other Member States. Conduct workshops and lectures on European culture and values of freedom, democracy and the protection of human rights; organise conferences of participants in these workshops from different Member States. Culture: Digital platforms and virtual reality as a future of exchange and access to cultural content; strengthening the cultural sector through more generous funding. In line with the draft conclusion of the Council of the European Union on young creative generations of 10 May 2019, facilitate youth entrepreneurship in the cultural and creative sectors. Young people: Greater involvement of young women in policy-making; better positioning of young women in the labour market; facilitate first work experience and new work skills. Actively engage young people with programmes that enable them to stay in other Member States of the Union (e.g. for traineeships, work or volunteering), introduce young people to European Union programmes intended for them such as the EU Youth Strategy or Discover EU. Organise lectures where young people will be familiarised with political (and especially electoral) processes and teach them how to use their rights to increase their involvement in political life. Financially encourage the creation of all forms of media in which young people are creators of media content and which address topics related to the civil and political rights of young people. Implement programmes for the inclusion of young women in political and electoral processes by creating a European organisation of young women in politics that will involve the wider population of young women in political life through workshops, programmes and lectures. Sport: Encourage the financing of sport through tax relief; Strengthen the role of sport in health policies and disease prevention, with a focus on the female population; identify and mobilise innovation and growth in sport; promote the importance of sport in children’s development. Encourage European citizens to live an active life through initiatives such as the European Week of Sport. Design and organise youth sport exchange programmes between athletes from different Member States. A stronger economy: Investment in 5G infrastructure and technology; an emphasis on an economy that works for all citizens; encourage female entrepreneurship; deepening the Economic and Monetary Union; strengthen the Single Market. Further boost funding for youth employment programmes. Investment in research and innovation. Financial assistance to entrepreneurs to recover from the financial impact of the COVID-19 crisis. Devise tax relief schemes for young entrepreneurs. Financially encourage Member States that grant tax advantages to undertakings whose companies make efforts to reduce environmental pollution. Carry out workshops for entrepreneurs to encourage them to use green technologies and familiarise themselves with new digital solutions. Provide incentives to Member States that provide tax relief or incentives to companies with a majority of women in their management structure. Social justice: Push for the full implementation of the European Pillar of Social Rights; additional awareness-raising for persons with disabilities; provide for additional mechanisms to prevent and protect women from violence. Coordinate social security systems so that citizens do not lose their social entitlements when moving from one Member State to another. Jobs: reduce the unemployment rate of hard-working women; foster worker mobility; ensure work-life balance; invest in future affairs. Make an additional step forward in the field of occupational safety rules. Adopt additional measures to ensure easier return to work for people who have been ill. Other ideas: In order to give all citizens of the Member States of the Union a better job opportunity in the European institutions, educational and traineeship centres in the Member States should be created. Make Europe Day a holiday in all EU Member States Idea 1: Modernising education and adapting it to the challenges of the future Needs to modernise education and adapt it to the challenges of the future. Women’s strong engagement and equality is an essential prerequisite for stepping up. The accessibility and quality of online infrastructure provides an opportunity to raise educational standards and skills also for those young people who have traditional access to education that is unacceptable. Emphasis on equalising the representation of men and women in the professions of the future, primarily in STEM fields. Idea 2: Access to cultural content should become a human right. New talents in all areas of culture should be encouraged. Idea 3: To improve the employment and legal status of young people It is necessary to further work on regulating the labour and legal status of young women and men who seriously and responsibly accept the novelties of the digital age. A strategic approach to youth policies. Idea 4: Increase the synergy of sport with other sectors Incentivising the synergy of sport with other sectors (e.g. tourism, transport, catering...) with a view to diversifying supply and complementarity between Idea 5: The digital economy The use of artificial intelligence in all spheres of society and economy. Digitalisation of the agricultural sector, as well as continuous education with the aim of diversifying forms of management at OPGs. Strengthening small and medium-sized enterprises on the principles of equality. Idea 6: Removing barriers for people with disabilities It is necessary to make everyday products and services more accessible to persons with disabilities. Idea 7: Work-life balance will enable women to achieve professional success, without compromising the key role they play in the family. Developing specific industries that will ensure job creation (e.g. gaming).
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