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GIRNE, 8th APRIL – WORKSHOP No. 2 - JOB - ECONOMIC STABILITY AND GROWTH: MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS. ROLE AND PROMOTION STRATEGIES OF INNER WHEEL

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  • 1.Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 1

2. 1. ECONOMY, GENDER, ...AND THE PROJECTS MISSION2.ECONOMIC STABILITY AND GROWTH: MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS. 3.SITUATION IN VARIOUS SECTOR - THE CALL OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY OF THE COUNCIL OF EUROPE 4.ROLE AND PROMOTION STRATEGIES OF INNER WHEEL: PROMOTING AWARENESS, PROMOTING EUROPEAN CITIZENSHIP.Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 3 3. 4The mission of the Project is"A EUROPE FOR WOMEN, WOMEN FOREUROPE:THE ROLE OF THE INNER WHEEL Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 4. The Inner Wheel Members of the European Countries, which have a medium high socio-INNER WHEEL WOMENcultural target, are cultured and active in their professions, and have been and are also the protagonists of this season in which the European Union has dedicated constant attention to such problematic themes. Only in more recent years has growing attention been given to the problem of access of womenA GENDER APPROACH to retributive work, to the problems of female work, and the European Strategy for Employment has established the objective of increasing female employment rate and of promoting equal opportunity (removing the existing inequalities).Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 5 5. The Women remain Womens limited accessconsiderablyunder- to top management andrepresented in top decision-making posts ismanagement,the result of multipleincluding in economicforms of discrimination to which they areand social decision- exposedthroughoutmaking bodies. their lives.Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 6 6. Women are under- represented in all forms ofOpinion of the leadership positions: politicalEuropean Economicleadership, the senior civiland SocialCommittee on Links service andcorporatebetween gender boardrooms. At the same time,equality, economic the companies where womengrowth andemployment rates,are most strongly representedOctober 2009 are also the companies that perform best financially. Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 7 7. An equal participation of women and men in decision-making processes is a democratic and economic necessity.In the current economic situation it isReport on Equality all the more important tobetween women andmobilise all talents. This is notmen, Europeanthe time to waste skills andCommission, 2009 production potential because of outdated perceptions of womens and mensrolesand leadership abilities. Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 8 8. 9An example:the Women are in gray.Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 9. It is necessary In addition to set up and effectivelypositive measures should be implement far-reaching and envisaged to help women comprehensive anti- break through the glass ceilingdiscrimination policies to introduce progressive which holds them back in themeasures to enable women to area of professional reconcile family andcompetition. professional responsibilitiesLuisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS10 10. Too few women are in the highestposts in politics Too few women are leaders in thepublic service Too few women are in decision-making posts in major companies Too few women are leaders inpolitical parties and trade unionsLuisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 12 11. combat gender discrimination in educationand employment; ensure reconciliation of private and workinglife; tackle the gender salary gap; promote training on gender equality inschools and public administration;Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 13 12. support the preparation and implementationof training programmes and databasesgeared to supporting women in theirprofessional careers and in access to topmanagement and decision-making posts inthe public and private sectors; ensure that the gender dimension isincluded in all calls for public tender; promote the feminisation of post titles;Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 14 13. setan example by adopting action plansaimed at improving the representation ofwomen in decision-making bodies in allbranches of administration, at local, regionaland central levels, as well as in state-ownedcompanies; introduce the obligation for state-owned andlarge private companies to guarantee aminimum 40% of representation of womenon their governing and management boards.Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 15 14. ENABLINGWOMEN TOGENDERPROMOTINGRECONCILEINFLUENCINGQUOTASEXEMPLARITY FAMILY AND ATTITUDES PROFESSIONALLIFELuisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 17 15. THE GENDER1. THE ECONOMY AND LABOUREQUALITY MARKETSTRATEGY2. EQUAL PAYADOPTED BY THE3. EQUALITY IN SENIOREUROPEANCOMMISSION POSITIONSSPELLS OUT A4. TACKLING GENDER VIOLENCESERIES OF 5. AND PROMOTING EQUALITYACTIONS BASEDBEYOND THE EU.AROUND FIVEPRIORITIES: Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 18 16. 19The Commission will also set up a yearly top-level GenderEquality Dialogue involving the presidencies of theEuropean Parliament, the Council, European socialpartners and civil society in order to assess progress inimplementing the strategy.Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 17. A new collective awarenessA change of attitudes in both women and menBalanced access of women to managerial and decision-makingposts, including in the socio-economic field, would be a genuinequalitative leap forward towards achieving de facto equalitybetween women and men in society.Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 20 18. Inner Wheel can do a GREAT DEAL in thiscontext.Inner Wheel has a ROLE.Im convinced that the social gried Inner Wheelshould seriously TAKE ACTION and DEVOTEATTENTION to these issues, which concernwomen in their respective countries. THE PATH WILL STILL BE A LONG ONELuisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 22 19. The InnerWheel Women must become more aware, and then, transmit their renewed AWARENESS AND KNOWLEDGE through Clubor District initiatives, as a cultural service.Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 23 20. INNER WHEEL WITH OTHER NGOsThe Inner Wheel must always be ACTIVE, as a Service Club, within the European Union, next to all the other NGOs (organisations and female associations) which represent the world of Women and which can bring AN EXTRA VALUE TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF PROGRAMMES TO WOMEN, in a broad and dedicated sense.TheINFORMATIONCAMPAIGNSANDINFORMATION CAMPAIGNS SENSITISATION ACTIONS are some of the activities which Inner Wheel, united with other organisations committed in the sector, should promote in order to achieve the Projects objectives.Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 24 21. 25not only are they constantly committed to servicein Developing Countries. But they can, also, getinvolved and make their mark in a concrete way inthe social processes of the community in whichthey operate. The work of Inner Wheel is in factalso a work involving relationships, to helpunderstand and promote spread and promotion ofEuropean citizenship. Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 22. What relations do women maintain with the EU andwhat are their expectations of the EU?EU What role do they ascribe to the European Institutions,and what role would they like to see them play?EU Why do women perceive the EU as distant?EU Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 26 23. 27The link between women and the EU is weaker thanbetween men and the EU.Today, women do not sense what the role of the EU is,as well as its relevance to their specific concerns. Theyhave little interest in it and have less knowledge of itthan men. This would explain why women perceive theEU as distant. Towards the role of Inner Wheel, if we can we manageto break this vicious circle, women will betterunderstand the pertinence of the EU, have a greaterinterest and better knowledge of it, and feel closer to it. Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 24. WOMEN IN POWERLuisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 28 25. On average womenWomen are moreAlthough womenhave a lower level of interested in nationalperceive the EU as economic securityand local rather thanremote, they know than men European politicsthe EU is important They expect a They want a Europedifferent Europeanwith a substantial Union social agenda.Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 30 26. Women feel the EU Women have moreis relevant to them interest in the EU EU Women know Women feel closemore about the EU to the EU Luisa Vinciguerra - MORE WOMEN IN SENIOR POSITIONS 32

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