Eurocrades (Council of European Professional & Managerial Staff) and CEPLIS (European Council of Liberal Professions) co-hosted a panel discussion on March 2nd to evaluate successes in gender equality in the past year and discuss further steps needed. The event was split into two panels by experts in gender equality and the discussions managed to set a focus on reflecting and addressing questions on transition and tangible changes that can be fulfilled.
The two panels consisted of gender equality and social inclusion specialists including Gaetano Stella (CEPLIS), Nayla Glaise (President, Eurocadres), Konstantina Vardaramatou (Secretary General, European Women’s Lobby), Stecy Yghemonos (Executive Director, Eurocarers) Nadia Hadad (European Disability Forum) as well as MEP’s and representatives of the European Economic and Social Committee) demonstrating willingness to understand and lead on creating an inclusive environment that would be looking ahead to the changes needed to bridge the existing gap between the sexes.
Women are under-represented in many professional occupations. They are also underpaid, often passed for promotions and faced with everyday sexism. Architecture and Civil Engineering are both male-dominated fields. While times are slowly changing, some firms have made a deliberate effort to make their offices more representative of society as a whole by promoting gender equality.
Initiatives for change were seen as a result from the YesWePlan! Project, particularly the Best Practice Examples. The project outcomes show that, while some regions have achieved gender equality more than others, there is a lot to be done within the European Union. Examples for these proposed measures can be found in the YesWePlan! Recommendations.
More information on the event can be found on the Eurocrades website.