EU gender equality progress ‘slow’11/10/17Government
The 2017 Gender Equality Index shows that Europe is progressing, but very slowly.
Europe is still a long way from reaching a gender-equal society and a lot of countries have a long way to go in terms of improvements.
European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans will symbolically hand over his role in the commission to Ugandan Ritah Nakaayi as part of Plan International’s #GirlsTakeover initiative.
This takeover forms part of a global action which sees 1,000 girls and young women step into positions of power in over 60 countries to mark the International Day of the Girl.
Timmermans said: “I hope that today’s action will help to empower the girls and young women participating, and to inspire many others. There should be no door and no position of power which is closed to women. Both within Europe and around the world, we are determined to make the sustainable development goals a reality, including the goal of gender equality.”
Nakaayi will spend the afternoon shadowing Timmermans in his work, and will ‘takeover’ a speech which he is due to deliver at the Gender Equality Index Conference this afternoon (11 October).
Timmermans is one of several participants in the takeover in Brussels, Belgium, during the European Week of Action for Girls (9-13 October).
Other high-profile individuals participating in the #GirlsTakeover include Finnish Prime Minister Juha Petri Sipilä and Belgian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, as well Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the President of El Salvador Salvador Sánchez Cerén.