The priorities of the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council of Ministers were presented in a series of meetings in the European Parliament last week. On Tuesday Chancellery Minister Juliane Bogner-Strauss presented the presidency’s priorities to the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM).
Below is the relevant snip from the press releases of the European Parliament posted last week:
Women’s Rights and Gender Equality: raising awareness among young Europeans
On Tuesday, Juliane Bogner-Strauβ, Federal Minister within the Chancellery for Women, Families and Youth, told Women’s Rights MEPs that gender equality was at the top of Presidency’s priorities. A conference on the future of gender equality will be held in Vienna in October, with a focus on youth, as well as smaller events in schools throughout Europe. Among the other priorities of the Austrian Presidency: the opportunities of digitalisation for young girls and boys, gender mainstreaming, work-life balance and the implementation of the Istanbul Convention on preventing and combatting violence against women.
MEPs welcomed the organisation of this conference on gender equality and urged Austria to encourage the 10 member states that still have not done so to ratify the Istanbul Convention.
Krisztina Morvai is a member of the European Parliament for Hungary. During the meeting chaired by Juliane Bogner-Strauss, Ms. Morvai asked some pointed questions about the treatment of women by recently-arrived migrants in Europe. She wanted to know: Will the Austrian presidency protect European women from violence by migrants?
The following video includes Krisztina Morvai’s questions (in English), followed by excerpts from Minister Bogner-Strauss’ reply (in German, with English voice-over):
For those who read Hungarian, in an entry on her blog, Krisztina Morvai asks her readers to share this video.