European Union External Action

Gender Equality and the Socio-Economic Consequences of the COVID-19 Crisis

09/03/2021 - 14:55

17 March 2021 - CSW65 Side Event

Jointly organised by the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union,

the European Commission and the European Women’s Lobby



The socio-economic downturn, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and containment measures, is having devastating impact and deepening pre-existing gender inequality. This unprecedented crisis calls for innovative solutions to ensure that the post-COVID era is gender equal. Unless a gender perspective is fully embedded in short term emergency and long-term recovery measures, these are expected to aggravate and undo the progress achieved thus far. This side event aims to reflect on the socioeconomic impact of COVID-19 and the need to create gender-responsive policies, based on a forward-looking agenda on gender equality at the EU and international level.



16h30   Opening remarks          

Mariana Vieira da Silva, Portuguese Minister of State for the Presidency, for the Presidency of the Council of the European Union

Helena Dalli, European Commissioner for Equality


16h40   Discussion panel  

Moderator: Manuel Abrantes, Centre for Studies for Social Intervention

  • Carlien Scheele, Director, European Institute for Gender Equality
  • International Labour Organization (tbc)
  • Asa Regner, Deputy Executive Director, UN Women (tbc)
  • Ana Sofia Fernandes, Vice-President, European Women’s Lobby

17h30   Questions from the floor

17h50   Closing remarks

              Věra Jourová, European Commission Vice-President for Values and Transparency


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