About the event

The political and civil rights of women and girls are key to ensuring societies are more free, equal and prosperous. This is why member states included and committed to the ambitious SDG agenda target 10.2: “by 2030, empower and promote the social, economic and political inclusion of all, irrespective of age, sex, disability, race, ethnicity, origin, religion or economic or other status.” 

Yet with less than eight years to go until the deadline for achieving the SDGs, we are in the midst of a sustained and coordinated global backlash against the rights of women and minority groups, at the same time as we face extraordinary global challenges such as climate change and the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

Join this timely and critical discussion to better understand how the current global crises are a reason for stepping up efforts to increase female political leadership and representation – not stepping back. With best practice, insights and evidence, we will explore how doing so is not only the right thing to do, but key to confronting the global challenges we all face. 


08:00 Breakfast reception 

09:00 Welcome remarks 

Svenja Hahn MEP, First Vice-President of the European Liberal Forum & ALDE Vice-President 

09:05 Panel Discussion “Backlash against women’s rights and how to fight it – perspectives from around the world” 


Anita Bhatia, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women 

Olha Stefanishyna, Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine (video message) 

Alexander De Croo, Prime Minister, Kingdom of Belgium 

Viktorija Čmilytė-Nielsen, Speaker of the Seimas (Parliament), Lithuania 

Kira Rudik, Chairwomen of Golos, Ukraine 

Dr Sima Simar, Former UN Rapporteur and Minister of Women’s Affairs, Afghanistan 

Hakima El Haité, President, Liberal International 

Moderator: Svenja Hahn MEP, First Vice-President of the European Liberal Forum & ALDE Vice-President 

10:05 Q&A 

10:25 Concluding Remarks 

Timmy Dooley, Co-President of ALDE Party 

10:30 End of the event 

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