Has gender equality led to increased European integration?

Friday June 21 from 12:00 to 13:00 at the Nordic House:

 Has gender equality led to increased European integration? 

The seminar is part of the series Europe Dialogues hosted by the Institute of International Affairs

It is now widely recognised that the EU has so far had a strong leverage effect on gender equality policies in EU member states. Reducing the pay gap has been in the Treaties since 1958 and a highly structured EU gender equality policy has developed since. Gender equality is now a principle of European integration, which has to be mainstreamed in all EU policies. It forms a comprehensive policy made up of legislation, programs, and projects. The talk will focus on how this policy developed under the combined influence of institutions, actors and inputs from the academic community, its main steps, achievements and persisting inequalities. Subsequently the perspective will be reversed by looking at what gender equality has done for the EU. Agnes Hubert argues that gender equality has been an important factor to help with European integration, and that it is even more important if we look at the economic, social and political challenges that the EU is facing.

Agnes Hubert is an economist and political scientist and works as a policy advisor at the European Commission. She has also worked as a specialist at the European Parliament and as a journalist with a special focus on economics.

With the support of the EU Info Centre and a Jean Monnet grant, the Institute of International Affairs at the University of Iceland is hosting ten seminars this academic year to promote an informative debate on European integration in Iceland.