Gender imbalance at EU events recorded and published

This November marks the fourth annual Monitoring Month for Brussels as the EU Panel Watch sets out to detail the demographics of EU events. Their results show a glaring disparity in gender representation concerning both speakers and attendees.

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Why this story matters:

-- by Melanie Taylor

Why this story matters:Too often, promises to increase gender equality in male-dominated fields are abstract and turn out empty. Diversity is a common value, but an unfortunately rare practice. Monitoring these organizations for improvement is a way to hold them accountable to the diverse ideals they espouse.

The EU Panel Watch reports the reality of gender representation in Brussels. They revealed, through their Monitoring Month data, that no gains were made in female representation between 2016 and 2017.

In 2017, only a third of speakers at Brussels EU events were female, and a quarter of all panels were entirely male.

The conversations had at these events concern all citizens. Yet, the voices present are not representative of the entire population. The decisions made as a result of these events miss out on contributions from a major portion of the constituency and are therefore incomplete. The EU Panel Watch intends to continue to point out these inadequacies until they are fixed.

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Details from the story:

  • This is the biggest Montioring Month to date, employing more volunteers and covering more events than ever before.
  • This year, the EU Panel Watch is eliciting the help of the European Network Against Racism to analyze the underrepresentation of racial minorities alongside gender minorities.
  • There will be information available on the non-binary presence at events in this year's data.
  • The full results will be released in January. For periodic updates, check @EUPanelWatch on Twitter.
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