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The role of foreign policy in advancing gender equality – conference to be held on 26 October in Nicosia and online

Strasbourg 18/10/2021
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The role of foreign policy in advancing gender equality – conference to be held on 26 October in Nicosia and online

On 26 October 2021, the Council of Europe, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, will organise a conference on “The role of foreign policy in advancing gender equality: Addressing the challenges, pushbacks and obstacles faced by women”. This conference will take place in Nicosia (Cyprus) and online. It will look at foreign policies from a gender equality perspective, including within the migration context, assess the current situation and discuss the way forward. The Council of Europe Deputy Secretary General, Bjørn Berge, along with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cyprus, Nikos Christodoulides and the President of the Chamber of Representatives of Cyprus, Annita Demetriou, will open the conference. Throughout the day, diplomats, representatives of the Council of Europe and other international organisations as well as NGOs, will address the following three main themes: the role of multilateralism in the promotion of gender equality and women’s rights, showcasing good practice examples of national feminist foreign policies and looking at the role of gender-sensitive foreign policies in the area of migration. The conference is organised on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of Cyprus joining the Council of Europe. You can follow the livestream of the event on the conference webpage, where you will also find more information about the conference.