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European Commission: New Visions for Gender Equality 2019

‘New Visions for Gender Equality 2019’ is published at a moment of reflection and change for gender equality at European level. The timeframe for the European Commission’s Strategic Engagement for Gender Equality 2016–2019 comes to an end, an extensive programme of work draws to a conclusion, and thoughts turn to how best to build on the achievements to date. It is time to re-examine our visions for gender equality, the priorities that now need to be pursued, and the new and continuing challenges that have to be met.

Seventeen experts from across the EU and beyond have been invited to contribute short essays to assist in this process. Their essays are grouped loosely across four broad thematic areas of making the case for equality; work-life balance, not a women’s affair; inequalities, discrimination and welfare; and power relations in society. Each author has been given a specific topic and invited to take stock of where we stand, explore the current issues, identify new thinking emerging, and point out new policy directions that could now be taken in relation to the topic.

It is hoped that ‘ New Visions for Gender Equality 2019’ will stimulate further policy innovation and ambition in the search for a gender equal society. It should serve as a resource not only to policymakers in the field of gender equality, but also policymakers concerned to bring a gender perspective to bear across all policy fields. It should be relevant to policymakers at all levels, both European and Member State.

‘New Visions for Gender Equality 2019’ has been developed by the Scientific Analysis and Advice on Gender Equality (SAAGE) network, funded by the European Commission. SAAGE gathers international experts and professionals with expertise in gender equality across a variety of fields. It works to contribute to the improvement of European-level policy analysis and policy development on gender equality and to strengthen the knowledge base of the European Commission for this purpose, including its country-specific knowledge. It is coordinated by Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini.