Commission presents gender equality strategy


On 5 March 2020, the European Commission presented its strategy for equality between women and men in Europe. The strategy aims at addressing fields where inequality still persists, like gender-based violence or gender stereotypes.

The Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 sets out key actions for the next 5 years and commits to ensure that the Commission will include an equality perspective in all EU policy areas. To support this, a new Task-Force on Equality has been created. The Task Force will be led by Commissioner for Equality, Helena Dalli.

In the field of research and innovation, the Commission will introduce new measures to strengthen gender equality
in Horizon Europe, such as the possibility to require a gender equality plan from applicants and an initiative to increase the number of women-led technology start-ups. Funding for gender and intersectional research will also be made available. Targeted measures promoting the participation of women in innovation will be developed under the Horizon Europe European Innovation Council, including a pilot to promote women-led start-ups and innovative small and medium-sized enterprises in 2020.

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President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, said: “Gender equality is a core principle of the European Union, but it is not yet a reality. In business, politics and society as a whole, we can only reach our full potential if we use all of our talent and diversity. Using only half of the population, half of the ideas or half of the energy is not good enough. With the Gender Equality Strategy, we are pushing for more and faster progress to promote equality between men and women.

The Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 sets out key actions for the next 5 years and commits to ensure that the Commission will include an equality perspective in all EU policy areas. The Strategy outlines how the Commission will deliver on the promise made by President von der Leyen that Europe provides the same opportunities for all that share the same aspirations.

The full text of Strategy you can find using the link (5 of March 2020): https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/aid_development_cooperation_fundamental_rights/gender-equality-strategy-2020-2025_en.pdf

European Commission Started Public Consultationon Horizon Europe Programme


The Commission invites anyone with an interest in future EU research and innovation priorities, anywhere in the world, to participate in the consultation, which will close on 8 September 2019.

More about the Commission’s proposal for Horizon Europe:
https://ec.europa.eu/info/designing-next-research-and-innovation-framework-programme/what-shapes-next-framework-programme_en

More information about sharing views:
https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/HorizonEurope_Codesign_2021-2024


The European Platform of Women Scientists EPWS announced the publication of the EPWS Memorandum on the European Commission’s Proposal for the next EU Research & Innovation Programme (2021-2027) Horizon Europe. It will be is distributed among EU and Member States science policy makers.

The Memorandum “Courageous Revolution speeds up Evolution – First EPWS Memorandum on the European Commission’s Proposal for the next EU Research & Innovation Programme (2021-2027) Horizon Europe”, is an initial reaction from EPWS to the proposal as well as a call for action for an even more consequent integration of gender equality and the gender dimension in Horizon Europe.
EPWS is inviting to call on support in entering the Platform’s recommendations into the research policy process.

View Memorandum Here

The Council Of Europe Adopted Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023


25 May the Council of Europe adopted its Gender Equality Strategy 2018-2023.

The Strategy renews the Organization’s commitment to address current and emerging challenges and remove barriers towards achieving substantive and full gender equality both in the Member States and within the organisation.  The focus will be on six strategic areas: Prevent and combat gender stereotypes and sexism; Prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence; Ensure the equal access of women to justice; Achieve a balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision-making; Protect the rights of migrant, refugee and asylum-seeking women and girls and Achieve gender mainstreaming in all policies and measures.

The full report is available here

Horizon Europe - The Next Research And Innovation Framework Programme


The Commission is working on its proposal for Horizon Europe, the framework programme that will succeed Horizon 2020. The proposal Horizon Europe is based on various building blocks including the interim evaluation of Horizon 2020, the Lab-Fab-App report (informally the Lamy report), foresight studies and various other reports.  

The proposal was made as part of the EU’s proposal for the next EU long-term budget, the multiannual financial framework (MFF). Horizon Europe, with a budget of €100 billion, is the biggest ever research and innovation funding programme.

Horizon Europe is based on a mission-oriented policy approach. Horizon Europe will incorporate research and innovation missions to ensure the effectiveness of research and innovation funding by pursuing clearly defined targets. The Commission has engaged policy experts to develop studies, case studies and reports on how a mission-oriented policy approach would work for Horizon Europe.

 

More about the proposal:  https://ec.europa.eu/info/designing-next-research-and-innovation-framework-programme/what-shapes-next-framework-programme_en