A ‘Conversation with’ Vera Jourova, EU Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

11 June 2018 - 09:00 - 10:00
Věra Jourová, Shada Islam

Join us for a ‘Conversation with’ Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, we will discuss her areas of responsibility to explore how the highs and lows of this wide and important brief affects the everyday lives of European citizens in terms of equality and rights. 

This event – What’s the scorecard on gender equality? - is part of our ’Conversation with’ series. This year we’re taking the opportunity to audit EU commissioners and give them the opportunity to engage in a candid conversation about their mandate and importantly the unfinished work which should be a priority for the next Commission.  


Welcome coffee & registration


‘Conversation with’  Věra Jourová, European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality

As we near the end of the Commission term: What’s the scorecard on gender equality?

The EU has set itself out to be a watchdog for gender equality, yet only 9 out of 28 EU Commissioners and 37% of members of the current European Parliament are women. The glass ceiling, though it has risen over the past decades, has not shattered. The gender-pay gap and continued male dominance in decision-making positions show that efforts made haven’t been enough. Why do some still consider ‘feminism’ a bad word? 

  • How do we break the glass ceiling in Europe and ensure gender parity at leadership level? 
  • How would an increased level of women in leadership positions affect policies?
  • How do we ensure more women participate as voters, candidates and political party leaders in the upcoming European elections? 

Moderated by:
Shada Islam, Director for Europe and Geopolitics at Friends of Europe 


End of debate

Věra Jourová
European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
Věra Jourová is a Czech politician, businesswoman, and lawyer, who currently serves as European Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality as part of the Juncker Commission. Jourová’s main responsibilities include fighting discrimination, promoting gender equality, judicial cooperation within the EU, and privacy concerns. She was previously Czech Minister for Regional Development, an international consultant on European Union funding, and was also involved in consultancy activities in the Western Balkans relating to EU Accession. She has worked in conjunction with Vice-President Ansip on aspects of consumer rules and online purchases as part of the General Data Protection Regulation.
Shada Islam
Director Europe & Geopolitics
Shada Islam is responsible for policy oversight of Friends of Europe’s initiatives, activities and publications. She has special responsibility for issues related to the Future of Europe, Migration, the Asia Programme and the Development Policy Forum. Shada is Visiting Professor at the College of Europe (Natolin) where she teaches Asia-Europe relations and has been selected as a fellow by the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB). She has been named as one of twenty most influential women in Brussels by Politico. Shada is the former Europe correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review and has previously worked on Asian and Migration issues at the European Policy Centre. She is one of the authors of Friends of Europe’s much-read “Frankly Speaking” commentary and is sought after as a speaker, commentator, columnist and moderator at high-level European and global events. Shada also continues to write on EU foreign and security policy, EU-Asia relations and trade and development issues for leading Asian, European and international publications and academic journals.
Antonia Erlandsson, Programme Executive
Tel.: +32 2 300 29 92
Email: antonia.erlandsson@friendsofeurope.org

This event is by invitation only and for Friends of Europe members. You may find further information on the membership below or get in touch with Natasha Ibbotson, Senior Programme & Partnership Development Manager, on +32 2 893 98 24 or natasha.ibbotson@friendsofeurope.org.
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