Advancing Gender Representation and Equality in the European Union

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In 2020, the European Union (EU) introduced its first Gender Equality Strategy, and with its first female president, Ursula von der Leyen, gender equality and gender mainstreaming became a top priority for the EU Commission. A flurry of commitments have been presented but a persistent gap exists between institutional statements and the reality on the ground. To achieve equal representation and access to political power, women in the EU have to overcome many roadblocks. Challenges are especially persistent in the field of trade and foreign policy.

Join Women in International Security and the Wilson Center’s Global Europe Program for a conversation on Wednesday, December 8 at 10 AM ET/4 PM CET about the factors that influence gender representation and ways to increase women’s access to civilian and military missions in the EU.

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Opening Remarks 

  • Chantal de Jonge Oudraat, Fellow, Wilson Center; Member, Board of Directors of Women In International Security (WIIS) and its President from 2013-June 2021
  • Karin Johnston, Adjunct Professor, School of International Service, American University; Senior Fellow at Women in International Security (WIIS)
  • Michelle Egan Global Fellow, Wilson Center; Professor and Jean Monnet Chair ad personam, School of International Service, American University
  • Roberta Guerrina, Professor, School of Sociology, University of Bristol


  • Ariela Blätter, President & CEO, Women in International Securit