Gender equality: let's build together the Simon Veil Pact
As an activist and women’s rights campaigner, ground breaking politician and committed European, Simone Veil’s work encapsulates the very best of our European Union – respect for human dignity and human rights, freedom, democracy and equality. Renew Europe hopes to honour this legacy with the launching of the ‘Simone Veil-Pact’ – a political commitment by Member States to adopt the most progressive EU measures currently in force in the field of women’s rights and gender equality. The Pact will specifically target the areas of preventing and combatting violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and rights, equal pay and economic rights and gender balance in political and public life. We must be ambitious if we are to make the promise of gender equality, enshrined in the Treaties from the Union’s inception, a reality. Renew Europe’s New Year’s Seminar 2020 will bring together Members of the European Parliament, Commission, Council and women’s rights activists to launch the Pact and build momentum to deliver on gender equality in Europe.
Introduction to the Simone Veil Pact initiative
Keynote speech on behalf of the European Commission
Keynote speech on behalf of the European Council Presidency
Achieving gender equality upward convergence; examples of European best practice