11th of February 2016, Brussels


The European Women Shareholders Demand Gender Equality (EWSDGE) project is about gender balanced leadership, gender equality, and fairness in corporate boards. Where are all the women?
The low percentage of women in decision making positions in Europe is alarming. The decision-making bodies of European listed companies are still dominated by men and men only. At mid-management, female representation is extremely low. It is also the key leakage point along the pipeline. We need to do something about this – now.
In order to progress corporate policies (and to inspire corporate culture change), we took practical steps in 12 EU Member States by visiting more than 100 Annual General Meetings of the highest turnover companies from January to September 2015. We demanded to know how the company would improve the percentage of women in decision-making positions faster and more effectively.
We will discuss the amazing and surprising results of our activities at the conference. What should be the next steps for action? Do the results confirm the need for the implementation of European and/or national legislation with regard to women in decision making positions?
Join us at our final conference and get involved at our country tables prepared and hosted by the national coordinators who will discuss results from the project for each country.

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Moderation: Vanessa WILLIAMS, Founding Member of EWLA
10.30 a.m.       Registration of Participants (EWSDGE Short Film)
11.00 a.m.       Welcome Ramona PISAL, djb President
11.10 a.m.       Opening Address Prof. Dr. Angela KOLB-JANSSEN, Minister for Justice and Equality of Saxony- Anhalt
11.20 a.m.       Key Note Speech Vera JOUROVÁ, Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality
11.50 a.m.       (Reply) Marie-Jo ZIMMERMANN, French Member of Parliament (Assemblée nationale)
12.10 p.m.       EWSDGE Margarete HOFMANN, EWLA Vice President, and Sabine OVERKAEMPING, EWSDGE Research Director
12.30 p.m        Buffet Lunch


Forum EWSDGE – table discussions         
2.00 p.m.        EWSDGE Project Highlights
Presentation by National Coordinators: Myriam VAN VARENBERGH (BENELUX); Kamelia ANGELOVA and Svetlana GANEVA (Bulgaria); Leena LINNAINMAA (Finland); Nathalie LEROY and Sylvia CLEFF LE DIVELLEC (France); Birgit KERSTEN (Germany); Antonia VERNA (Italy); Dr. Katalin PRANDLER (Hungary), Katharina MILLER (Spain); Jackie JONES (UK/Ireland)
2.45 p.m.        Get together – Discussion of the EWSDGE Recommendations                     Speakers’ overview
nine tables with SPEAKERS e.g. from visited companies of the EUROSTOXX 50 index as well as the BUX, SOFIX and FTSE 100-indices, national ministries, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee
4.15 p.m.        Wrap-up by National Coordinators
5.00 p.m.        Cocktails



Representation of Saxony-Anhalt to the EU
“Centre of the Regions – Boulevard Saint Michel”
Boulevard Saint Michel 80
B-1040 Bruxelles, Belgium

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