WHAT IS #WEUCO?
#WEUCO is an unprecedented initiative bringing together Members of European Parliament, European Commissioners and Representatives of the Presidency of the Council of the EU, aiming at making concrete proposals and undertake actions to change European public policies through a gender perspective.
#WEUCO is an informal European Summit, taking place before European Council’s meetings and discussing its agenda to pursue gender policy objectives and to commit women leaders and civil society towards a renewed vision of European Union.
To this purpose #WEUCO endorses conclusions to submit to the European Council, the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Presidency of the Council of the EU in order to influence its decisions and boosting women’s and girl’s empowerment.
Women’s commitment and empowerment are key to drive the EU towards a better future based on substantial democracy, freedom, equality and sustainable growth.
EWA shares and supports the gender mainstreaming approach as a method to be used when designing, implementing and assessing EU policies and programs. Such toolbox includes gender analysis, indicators, disaggregated and inter-sectorial data, gender monitoring, a European gender budget and a new gender approach to the European Semester. Based on this toolbox, EWA puts forward an action plan providing method and content proposals to support women decision makers to achieve true sustainable growth and an inclusive European Union for the coming years.
FIRST WEUCO SUMMIT
On 21 March 2018, from 13:00 to 15:00, in room PHS6B001, the European Parliament hosted the first edition of the Women’s European Council (WEUCO), organised by the European Women Alliance Association (EWA) together with the Vice-presidents of the European Parliament Mairead McGUINNESS, Evelyne GEBHARDT and Heidi HAUTALA.
The summit aimed at framing the EU agenda to take into account the gender perspective, ahead of the European Council on 22 and 23 March 2018. It has gathered MEPs, Commissioners and Council of the European Union’s representatives, to discuss tangible actions to address gender inequality.
AMONG THE SPEAKERS
Antonio TAJANI, President of the European Parliament
Mairead McGUINNESS, Vice Presidents of the European Parliament
Evelyne GEBHARDT, Vice Presidents of the European Parliament
Heidi HAUTALA, Vice Presidents of the European Parliament
Dimitrios PAPADIMOULIS, Vice Presidents of the European Parliament
Violeta BULC, Commissioner for Transport
Mariya GABRIEL, Commissioner for Digital economy and Society
Livia FIRTH, WEUCO’s Ambassador, Founder and Creative Director of Eco Age Ltd
Hilde VAUTMANS, Member of the European Parliament
Anna Maria CORAZZA BILDT, Member of the European Parliament
Silvia COSTA, Member of the European Parliament
Mercedes BRESSO, Member of the European Parliament
The document of conclusions adopted by the Vice-Presidents of the Parliament, MEPs, European Commissioners and Representatives of the Council of the EU has stressed the need for the EU to engage in a meaningful way regarding gender mainstreaming policies, legislation and actions to bring tangible progress towards gender equality.
The document of conclusions has established WEUCO as a permanent forum of discussion and debate to set gender equality as a high priority on the EU political agenda.
The document of conclusions has been endorsed by the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, and transmitted by European Women Alliance to the President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker.