EIGE – the European Institute for Gender Equality – and the EU Social Partners (CEEP, ETUC, BusinessEurope and UEAPME) are holding a learning seminar on 3 July in Brussels.

Entitled “Finding the way out from segregation in education, training and employment: Fostering gender equality and the role of social partners”, this meeting will aim at reflecting on the impact of gender segregation in the labour market and different sectors and to agree on main initiatives to promote a more balanced access to jobs and opportunities, for both women and men.

The event will share the views and experiences of EU Social Partners on how gender equality in the workplace empowers women and men, promotes economic independence and contributes to decreased gender stereotypes in society and in the labour market.

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is an autonomous body of the European Union, established to contribute to and strengthen the promotion of gender equality, including gender mainstreaming in all EU policies and the resulting national policies, and the fight against discrimination based on sex, as well as to raise EU citizens’ awareness of gender equality. As a cross-industry EU social partner, CEEP is actively involved in the management of the body, being present in a representative of employers’ organisation in its Expert Forum.

CEEP and the EU Social Partners have been running a project entitled “A toolkit for Gender Equality in practice” as part of the Integrated Programme of the EU for Social Dialogue 2013-2014 undertaken with the financial support of the European Commission.

The main objective of this project was to develop a toolkit encompassing a web database, a brochure and a video, building upon the priorities jointly identified by the EU Social Partners in their 2005 framework of actions. The project aimed at promoting concrete examples of social partners’ activities on gender equality reported at the workplace level or by social partners themselves.

You can find the draft agenda of the meeting here. As there are 10 reimbursed seats for CEEP, members interested in taking part in the meeting are invited to get in touch with Carlotta Astori at the General Secretariat.

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