Online webinar hosted by Renew Europe Group, Samira Rafaela MEP and Irène Tolleret MEP, 28 May 2020

“The COVID-19 pandemic has had significant impacts on women and made clear that response efforts do not fully encompass the gender perspective as well as reflecting the lack of the participation of women in the decision-making process. This, despite the fact that 70% of the people actually on the frontline are actually women. Violence against women in confinement has increased and obstacles have risen in women accessing their sexual and reproductive health and rights.”
The webinar aimed to promote gender mainstreaming in the Crisis Recovery Plan and to highlight the gender data gap and women’s consequent under-representation in the design policies.

The webinar was divided into two panels, one that dealt with the impact of covid19 on women and the other dealt with the gender data gap.
EFOMW’s Operations and Policy Manager, Dr Sanja Bilic attended this very beneficial webinar and had an opportunity to make comment related to Muslim women in Europe: “Agree with the need to have common and concrete measures and harmonise the women’s rights in Europe by promoting gender equality and gender rights. You rightly stated that this is an opportunity for a change, change for all women. I just wanted to ask how will the minority women’s voices be included and acted on? In particular, I am interested in Muslim women equal rights as they are one of the most affected minorities in Europe, experiencing multiple levels of intersectional discrimination.” (to Irène Tolleret)
We will continue with advocating for the rights of Muslim women and against discrimination. We are hopeful that brining this to the table where gender rights are discussed is an important step in this process.

You can watch the webinar here