Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights: “Women’s rights in turbulent times”

21 November 2017
EDF Vice President, Ana Pelaez, speaking at the Colloquium

The European Commission’s Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights took place on 20 and 21 November 2017 in Brussels. Hosted by the European Commission First Vice-President, Frans Timmermans, together with Věra Jourova, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, this year's focus was on 'Women's rights in turbulent times'. The objective of the Annual Colloquium is to improve mutual cooperation and greater political engagement for the promotion and protection of key fundamental rights in Europe and the world.

The Colloquium aimed to go beyond the technical discussions on gender equality policies and legislation, and instead place women's rights in a broader framework of social justice. The Colloquium was an interactive round-table discussion with a limited number of key stakeholders, aiming at exploring avenues for action.

Members of EDF Women’s Committee were invited to participate and were active and vocal at the forum, expressing their views and calling for inclusion of women with disabilities in a range of issues including violence against women with disabilities, their exclusion from public life and political participation, forced sterilisation, accessibility and barriers to education.

The Commissioner referred in her closing address to women with disabilities and the need to consider all issues of intersectional discrimination in the EU's approach to gender equality.

Follow the discussions on Twitter using the hashtag: #EU4women

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