Book presentation: Minority women in politics

Events / Sat 09 Mar 2019 12:00

Over the past century progressive leaps have been made in eliminating women’s formal discrimination. Women in the EU make up more than half of the electorate, yet women continue to be under-represented in decision-making positions and processes, despite being highly educated. Women’s engagement with institutions of power is as varied as the women themselves, and it often reflects their social location. Persistent inequalities hinder their more explicitly political activity like running for political office or campaigning with political parties.

On the occasion of the joint Coppieters, EFA and EFA Youth General Assembly, we will present our latest study Minority women in politics on the 9th of March in Brussels. The book launch is an opportunity to discuss the hierarchies, discrimination, and violence that remain entrenched in societies across Europe and impact women’s political participation and representation.

The speakers will present how minority and migrant women have engaged with social movements, political parties, and governmental institutions, as well as organised to demand their rights, change cultural attitudes, reform laws and policies, and provide vital social services to women in need where formal institutions have failed to do so. Speakers will discuss differences in representation, analyse factors that produce better levels of representation and recent developments in different parts of Europe, as well as outline policy recommendations to further women’s effective political equality.


9th of March

Minority and migrant women in politics in Europe
  • Antonia Luciani, Coppieters Foundation Vice-President 
  • Ralph Bunche, UNPO General Secretary 
  • Juweria Ali, study author 
  • Jordi Sebastia, former EFA MEP in FEMM Committee

The panel will be moderated by Laura Pous, Catalan journalist. 


When: Saturday, 9th March 2019, 12:00
Where: “Belgium” room, Thon EU Hotel, Wetstraat 75, Brussels


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Interpretation will be provided in 6 languages (English, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch).

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This conference is financially supported by the European Parliament. The European Parliament is not liable for the content of the conference or the opinions of the speakers.

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