On June 20, 2012, the European Commission (DG Employment) and the Gender-CoP arranged a conference with the aim of increasing the understanding of how Gender Equality is fundamental in order to meet the objectives of the EU 2020 strategy.
The purpose of the conference was to describe the flagship thematics from a gender perspective, showing how gender equality is a fundamental aspect of sound sustainable economic, social and ecological development. The conference was setting out to increase the know-how on how a gender perspective can be applied by showing research evidence and concrete examples of initiatives undertaken with relevance for the three Flagship initiatives;(1) new skills and jobs, (2) youth on the move and(3) a European platform on poverty, challenging notions of gender neutrality.
In the preparation for the next Structural Funds period, integrating a gender perspective is essential in order to meet with the objectives of the EU 2020 strategy in a way that supports the development towards a more gender equal society. Increasing the understanding of how both economic growth and the current European crisis have a different impact on women and men, will strengthen the quality of the implementation of the flagship priorities funded by the ESF and other Structural Funds.