European Conference

Last October 15th to 16th the European Commission’s Employment , Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities DG sponsored a conference in Stockholm (Sweden) on how and why gender equality should be viewed as an important factor in achieving long-term sustainable economic growth in the EU.

The conference aimed to explain how the links between high levels of economic activity (GDP per capita) and higher labour market participation by women and men works and which gender equality policy initiatives are required to create virtuous circles in the economy. Furthermore it discussed how a setback to gender equality can be prevented in times of deep economic crisis.

In connection with the conference there has been presented a study on the role of gender equality policy in economic growth and increased employment in member states and the EU. This study served as a basis for experience exchange and strategy discussions among participants.

News Date

October 16, 2009


European Network of Women in Decision-Making in Politics and Economy