EFOMW participated in a workshop ‘Towards the post-2019 gender equality strategy’ organized by the European Commission (DG_Justice ) 12 November in Brussels.
Key issues discussed were gender based violence, gender stereotypes, intersectional approach in dealing with gender equality and the need for more awareness and concrete actions.

EFOMW participated in discussions on women in media and women in labour market. We advocated for more participation / inclusion of women from minorities and Muslim women in these areas. We also highlighted the challenges faced by Muslim women and exchanged good practices.

On agenda for next year among other is: increasing the female participation in the labour market, reducing pay and pension gap, fight poverty, equality in decision making, working on gender based violence and support the victims and finally to promote gender equality in the world. Priority will be given to Gender based violence – online and offline.

We are very glad to see the progress in including intersectional approach in gender equality work.

Gender based discrimination when compounded by additional factors, including perceived or real ethnicity, religion, nationality, social class, etc, can have devastating impact on womens’ life , and can lead to exclusion from society.
Understanding the concept of intersectionality can help us to better understand the dimensions of gender inequality and its complexity, and to work more efficianty on inclusion of marginalised women.

We look forward to next year’s actions and will follow the work on gender equality in EU and its members states.