Europe has embraced gender equality as one of its core principles, becoming a world leader in the promotion of gender equality and women’s empowerment in Europe and abroad. The European Union has become a pioneer regulator, negotiator and actor in the field, often relying on soft power strategies to pursue its agenda. Gender equality policies are receiving mixed reactions across the world, prompting deep reflection on the strengths and weaknesses of the EU’s strategy to promote gender equality. The panel will focus on issues such as violence against women and women’s economic empowerment and discuss the soft power of the EU, as exercised through its aid and development policies and its external action service.
Chair: Ruth Rubio Marín, Professor and Director of the Gender and Governance Cluster of the School of Transnational Governance, EUI