Following the adoption of the new EU Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 in March, the European Union (EU) will adopt a new Gender Action Plan for external relations in 2020. In light of the COVID-19 crisis, the EU budget will be also revised. It is a tremendous opportunity to recognise and capitalise on the key role that cities play in achieving gender equality in the EU and beyond.
The EU is committed to promoting gender equality in its external activities and has made considerable advances over the years. The political commitment to gender equality seems to be reinforced in the Von der Leyen Commission, and the next step is to ensure the successful implementation and translation of policies and political will into practice. The question is no longer ‘why’ but ‘how’ can we mainstream gender in the EU’s internal and external action.
It’s time to look to cities and their concrete measures and implementation modalities.
Cities are the perfect forum for reflecting on central questions such as equality, justice and the common good. They are at the core of democratic development around the world, and it is the everyday work carried out by community organisations, municipalities and regions that catalyses the change that is fundamental for equitable, inclusive and sustainable global development.
With the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic and resulting challenges faced all over the world, it is more important than ever to leave no one and no place behind. Collaboration is essential.
The event will explore actions of cities and communities in defending gender equality when responding to COVID-19 and will look at the gender-perspective in the COVID-related measures. The webinar will also look at the EU Strategy on Gender Equality and GAP III from the local perspective and define possible recommendations for gender-responsive recovery actions and collaborations.