Supporters of the 50/50 Campaign

Margot Wallström, Vice President of the European Commission, Sweden
“Change the family photo of the EU: Women make up half the electorate – logically we should also make up half the politicians and policy-makers. A representative democracy without gender equality is a contradiction in terms.”
Diana Wallis, Vice President of the European Parliament, UK
“The European Union can only expect respect and trust if all its institutions look and feel representative of those they seek to serve. If we go on as normal, that promises not to be the case. Women make up more than half of the population of the EU; they should at least be equally present in its governance structures.”
herman-van-rompuy Herman Van Rompuy, Prime Minister of Belgium
joelle-milquet Joëlle Milquet, Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium, Minister for Employment and Equal Opportunities and President of the Humanist Democratic Centre. “Constatant les inégalités qui existent encore entre les femmes et les hommes, dans les sphères familiale, politique, économique et sociale, je suis heureuse d’être en position d’agir afin de remédier à ces inégalités. En tant que présidente de parti, je m’inscris totalement dans la campagne du LEF en vue des elections européennes et régionales du 7 juin prochain.”
Zita Gurmai, MEP, President of the PSE Women, Hungary
“I strongly believe that gender balance could make a difference, including in the type of politics and the subjects that are tackled, as men and women have complementary qualities in approaching subjects.”
Rodi Kratsa Rodi Kratsa, Vice-President of the European Parliament, Greece: “The equal participation of women and men in politics is nothing less than an issue of democracy and of political efficiency. All women, voters, civil society actors and decision-makers, should merge their efforts and express their solidarity with this cause; only thus can we engage the entire society and turn the objective of women’s political empowerment into a political reality. To this end, I applaud the EWL for its 50/50 campaign, which I wholeheartedly endorse.”
Emma Bonino, Vice-President of the Senate, Italy
“After years in politics, I have learned to increasingly appreciate that gender equality is a normal phenomenon. Women are hardly different from men in the political arena. Women are very often discriminated upon not on the basis of gender but on the basis of a culture where men continue dominating the “management” of power and decisions. I believe that women must affirm these roles hand in hand with males. Full stop. We often succeed in this endeavour, and the results are there to prove it, but we are still too few. We must encourage those left behind, first of all by offering the best possible example.”
Bibiana Aido, minister of Equality, Spain
“We have to take into account that we come from different places: men have been socialised to take power, but women have been socialised not to take power!”
Simone Veil, Former President of the European Parliament, France
“Consciente d’avoir eu beacoup de chance en ayant eu la possibilité d’exercer de hautes fondtions au sein de l’Union Européenne, et constatant que la place des femmes reste très minoritaire, c’est avec plaisir que je soutiens votre initiative.”
karin-riis-jc3b8rgensen Karin Riis-Jørgensen, Vice-President of ALDE, MEP, Denmark
“The leadership of Europe should mirror the people of Europe. I support the 5050 campaign, because I believe that it is necessary to change the way people think about leadership. We are not asking less qualified women to be considered for office. There are qualified women, so gender quotations will not affect the quality of the leadership, but will most definitely do good things for its legitimacy to the people. If the women chosen for office, are equally qualified for the position, their legitimacy will not be questioned – nor should it. Therefore I support this campaign. Sometimes the world needs a helping hand to change”.
Giuliano Amato, Former Prime Minister and Vice-President of the European Convention, Italy
“There will never be equal treatment in gender terms, as long as our decision making institutions will have a gender biased membership. It is not just a matter of rights, it is a matter of sensitivity to the issues that deserve priority and to the manners to deal with them.”
Mary Robinson, former President, Ireland
“A modest number of women in Parliament is no longer acceptable in European countries. I have just come from Rwanda where the elections on September will increase further the participation of women- already the highest in the world. Let us follow Rwanda’s lead and achieve gender equality for the benefit of all people in Europe.”
Ursula von der Leyen, Federal Minister for Families, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth, Germany
“In November 2008 we look back on 90 years of women’s suffrage in Germany. Women have been asked to cast vote in political elections and they have been eligible for political functions and offices since 1918. At all levels – from local councils to the European Parliament – we need women, who shape political decisions. Because: democracy becomes alive when people are prepared to stand up for what really concerns them.”
Ronald Plasterk, Minister for Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands
“The number of women in European politics is not increasing fast enough. We need to try harder”
Mariann Fischer Boel, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Denmark
“We have to encourage women to gain political influence and economic independence. Young women should be given practical solutions to fully participate in the political and economic life”
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Joaquin Almunia, European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs, Spain. “Gender equality is a clear requirement of a vibrant democracy. Dismantling the barriers – political, social and economic – which prevent women from participating actively in politics and shaping the policy making process is now long overdue.”
laszlo-kovacs László Kovács, European Commissioner for Taxation and Customs Union, Hungary. “Having very good experiences with the female majority in my Cabinet, I warmly welcome the initiative of the European Women’s Lobby as a concrete action to promote the participation of women in decision-making. I hope the campaign will be successful and it will result in increased participation of women following the forthcoming changes in the EU institutions. Positive examples shown by the EU institutions can help bring about the desired changes at all levels of decision making in the EU and beyond.”
Dimitris Dimitriadis, Former President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Greece
“I am convinced that this call for gender equality is an excellent idea and i fully support it. I am also aware that it will still require a lot of efforts to achieve it at all levels of the EU institutions. I would like to quote Marcus Aurelius as support: “it is not necessary to hope in order to act, nor to succeed in order to persevere.”
Elke Ferner, Member of Parliament, Chairwoman of the Social Democratic Women’s Association, Germany
“Women constitute more than half of the population in Europe. Today’s women are highly educated and professionally qualified. So the time for women to finally get an equal share of political and socio-economic representation and power is long overdue. Although we might have official equality before the law in most EU member states, access to resources, rights and power is still unequally distributed between women and men. The era of lip-service with regards to gender equality and parity democracy has to be over! We ask for the implementation of effective and binding legislative initiatives and measures to ensure equal representation and full gender equality on all levels of politics and society.”
inger-segelstrom Inger Segelström, Member of the European Parliament and vice President of PSE women, Sweden
“I was as the chairman of the Social Democratic Women’s Federation involved in when we in the Social democratic party in Sweden, got alternating lists with every second a woman. It changed the whole political climate and was a breakthrough for equality in Sweden. This should also be done within the EU, we need more women in politics, there is no doubt about that, let this campaign show the way for the future.
Colin Low, President of the European Blind Union, UK
“The European Blind Union has a strong commitment to equality and diversity and we have made important strides in our own organisation in recent years. Equality and diversity is a prominent consideration in making appointments to committees and equalities monitoring of appointments takes place to provide a gauge of progress. In the last work period women occupied 37% of places on committees and they now have a quarter of the places on the Board. We know that we have further to travel on this journey, but we hope that our example will provide encouragement to others.”
Benita Ferrero-Waldner, European Commissioner for External Relations and European Neighbourhood Policy, Austria
“With more than 50 % of the population, we women have more than half of the worlds talent and ability. This potential should be harnessed to make the world a better place.”
Jorge Lacão, Secretary of State of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Portugal
“The Portuguese government believes in a plural society that embraces all diversity and promotes the full participation of all citizens. We support this campaign because we too strive for a modern democracy where men and women participate on an equal stand in all spheres of life.”
Monica Frassoni,MEP, Co-President of the Greens/European Free Alliance, Italy
“Also for next European elections in 2009, the best man for the job is a woman!”
christel-schaldemose2 Christel Schaldemose, MEP, Denmark
“Women account for more than half of the European population and they should be equally represented in all the European Union’s institutions. This is a simple question of democracy and parity and for this reason I support the 50/50 campaign.”
George A. Papandreau, President of Socialist International and President of PASOK, Greece
“Understanding that fighting for equality and equal participation of women in our societies and our movement is a must, is a necessary condition for change in our world. We need you. We need to give you, women, an equal voice because we need you. We need to make sure that women have education, security, welfare, access to finance, equal participation in politics, their rights and freedoms. Today, I have come to tell you that I don´t only believe in women but I believe your time has come. I believe that women can play the major role for change in our world today.”
Baroness Royall, Chief Whip of the House of Lords, UK
“Without the equal representation of men and women at local, national and European level we are wasting talents and skills that are essential for the good governance and wellbeing of our society.”
Michel Barnier, Minister for Agriculture, France
“Comme j’ai eu l’occasion de l’écrire sur le blog de mon amie Margot Wallström, je tiens à saluer toutes les initiatives qui vont dans le sens d’un meilleur partage des responsabilités entre les hommes et les femmes dans nos institutions, afin qu’elles soient les plus représentatives possibles de la société européenne, donnant ainsi corps à notre devise « unis dans la diversité.”
Anna Diamantopoulou, Member of Parliament of the Hellenic Republic, former EU Commissioner, Greece
“Women’s presence, participation and, representation in the decision-making processes at all political levels is a key real gender equality and substantial progress. I wish the campaign every possible success!”
Ludo Horemans, President of the European Anti Poverty Network
“EAPN is happy to lend its full support to this campaign. Gender equality is an essential step towards achieving a more equal society. For EAPN we are also convinced that barriers such as poverty, class and discrimination which prevent many women and men from entering representative democratic processes must be overcome if we are to achieve equality of outcomes and not just formal equality of opportunities.”
Ursula Plassnik, Former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Austria
“No society can afford to disregard the potential of women, who constitute 50 percent of its population. Women can make a difference – they are often agents of change in their societies. Strengthening women’s participation in key positions in public affairs is therefore one of my personal priorities as foreign minister.”
Lone Kuhlman, Writer, journalist, Denmark
“In my youth we used to say, that women who want to be equal with men lack ambition. That may be so, but numbers count, and there can be no democracy without gender equality. Only then can we define what a modern democracy should be. That`s why I support the “50-50 Campaign for Democracy”.
Yvette Roudy, Ancienne Ministre des droits de la Femme, Présidente de l’assemblée des femmes, France
“Je souhaite soutenir cette campagne et rappeler qu’au sommet d’Athènes en 1992 déjà l’Europe appelait à la parité politique.”
Ania Skrzypek, Secretary General of ECOSY – Young European Socialists, Poland
“Europe of today needs a change. It can be successfully achieved only if each and everyone has a true full right to participate in society, educational system, labour market and politics. This is why “50/50” campaign is crucial if we are serious about making the year 2009 a moment when people regain their trust and enthusiasm for the European Union project. It is a chance to rebuilt the confidence of all the citizens, no matter which gender, that Europe belongs to them, that it listens and that they are appropriately represented in its governing bodies.”
Elisabeth Guigou, Member of Parliament, former minister, France
“Les élections du Parlement en 2009 marquent une nouvelle avancée de l’égalité des droits entre les femmes et les hommes : parité des député(e)s, parité dans les postes dirigeants du Parlement, parité entre les Commissaires européens (ennes).
Ritt Bjerregaard, Lord Mayor, City of Copenhagen, Denmark
“In Denmark, 2008 is anniversary year for women’s right to vote: 100 years ago women were, for the first time, allowed to vote in local politics in Demark. In Copenhagen we have marked this anniversary with a big celebration on the city main square and in the city hall, highlighting all the challenges that our democracy is till facing. In Denmark only 27% of local politicians are women and we only have 8% mayors with a female name. So from Copenhagen, I send all my support to the 50/50 campaign for more women at the top of European politics. Before women take up half the positions of power in our society, there is no democracy.”
Joanne Vincenten, President of the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), Netherlands
“It is time to end the underrepresentation of half of Europe’s population. Many women show undeniable qualities. They happen to be excellent communicators, tenacious negotiators, precise organisers and fair diplomats. A 50% women electorate to the European Parliament would be a vote to support complimentary assets from both men and women. We cannot afford to continue to waste 50% of our resources.”
Sarah Ludford, MEP (ALDE), UK
“Getting gender balance in the European Parliament and in the other EU institutions is about social justice for everyone. A Parliament cannot be fully democratic when half of the population is almost excluded from political participation. With 31% women, the European Parliament is doing better than some Member States’ Parliaments, but there’s still a long way to go. It is also the case that the quality of decision-making is likely to be better when it reflects the priorities of women as well as men!”
gary-titley Gary Titley, MEP, UK: “Elected bodies should be representative of the electorate, therefore gender equality is an essential prerequisite.”
Liz Mestheneos, President of the AGE-Platform, Greece
“As an umbrella NGO of older people’s organizations in Europe directly representing 25 million older people we are very aware of the long term consequences of not having women’s voices heard at the highest levels of decision making and political life. This cannot continue for future generations of older people.”
Mercedes Bresso President of the Piemont region, Italy
“I’m proud to support the European women’s lobby campaign “No modern european democracy without gender equality”. It is significant that the highest possible number of person works on concrete and active policies, which allow to reach a balanced representation of women in the different political levels: from Local to European. Particularly, in view of the next European elections, it is important that the parties promote and sustain at least 50 percent of female candidacies”.
Lidia Jorge, writer, Portugal
“If women are half of humanity, why are they hidden from representation?
One day this situation of inequality will be corrected in the whole world.
Then it will be possible to say that the European Union was their space of vanguard.”
Gisèle Gautier, Senator, President of the delegation on women’s rights in the Senat, France
“Je m’associe pleinement à votre campagne d’incitation pour les femmes à s’engager à l’occasion de la campagne de 2009 relative à l’élection du Parlement européen. De plus, nous devons montrer notre solidarité quant à la place des femmes aux postes de décision à la Commission européenne. Je considère plus que jamais que l’égalité n’est pas un traitement de faveur, c’est un DROIT, afin que vive notre DEMOCRATIE.”
Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Leader of the Danish Social democratic Party, Denmark
“Equality is the precondition for a well functioning democracy. The EU now has an opportunity to be a frontrunner and an example to other regions in the world, and it is vital that we seize it.”
Elza Pais, President of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, Portugal
“The most developed societies are those with higher standards of equality. It is thus necessary to reinforce the promotion of gender equality and a balanced participation of women and men in all walks of life for a competitive and socially sustainable society, as defined in the Lisbon Strategy.”
Jutta Haug, MEP (PSE), Germany
“Wir können es uns schlicht nicht leisten, auf die Mitarbeit und das Potenzial von Frauen zu verzichten. Es ist daher nur richtig und wichtig, dass die Verwirklichung von echter Gleichstellung auf der europäischen Tagesordnung steht.”
Donata Gottardi, MEP (PSE), Italy
Le nostre diversità sono le nostre ricchezze, la democrazia è viva se vi sono pari opportunità per tutte e tutti”- “Our differencies are our richness, democracy is lively if there are equal opportunities for all women and men”
Fatima Lalem, adjointe au maire de Paris chargée de l’égalité femmes/hommes
“Au nom de l’exécutif parisien et en mon nom propre, je soutiens la campagne. Cette affirmation est pour moi une conviction et un engagement fort. Vous pouvez compter sur mon action pour relayer cette campagne.”
Renata Sribar, Researcher at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
“From the gender perspective democracy won’t be only a word when our languages become gender sensitive, and polity the model for sharing the power between women and men.”
Jocelyne le Boulicaut, Vice President of European Green Gender Observatory (EGGO), France
“Non seulement je soutiens votre action mais au sein des Verts français et Européens nous sommes extrêmement vigilent-es et nous assurons que les têtes de liste soient paritaires, et pas seulement les listes.”
erika-mann Erika Mann, MEP, Germany
“Science and technology are fascinating and exciting, but there are not enough women represented in these areas – especially in Europe. This needs to change. Young women need rolemodels in leading positions that they can aspire to.”
Eva-Britt Svensson, MEP (GUE/NLG), Sweden
“It is self-evident that half of the population cannot be excluded from decision-making. When decisions are made and laws adopted, having an impact on everyone’s life and future, both men and women should be involved. This is first and foremost a question of democracy. The future and our lives are far too important to be decided upon by one sex only.”
Heidi Hautala, Member of Parliament, Chair of the Council of Gender Equality, Finland
“Equal representation of women and men is ever more important in the enlarged EU.”
Claes Borgström, Lawyer, spokesperson in gender issues for the social democratic party, Sweden
“I am in full support of the 50-50 campaign. It is a great and well needed initiative from the European Women’s Lobby. Women’s rights and empowerment have a direct connection to women’s representation and power in parliamentary assemblies and high positions. There is no European democracy without gender equality.”
Paulina Mata, Assistant Professor of the Faculty of Science and Technology, New University of Lisbon, Portugal
“In Politics, as well as in Science and all other dimensions of social life, promoting gender equality is a necessary condition for the production of truly fair and efficient work.”
Sofie Karsten Nielsen, Denmark
“I have worked with gender equality for many years, as a professional as well as a politician. Gender equality is a prerequisite for a dynamic, prosperous and innovative society. And a balanced representation of women and men in all decision-making positions is a prerequisite for gender equality. Gender equality makes sense – economically, politically and for society as a whole. It is as simple as that. Therefore I fully support this campaign.”
Maria Jepsen, Bishop of the Northelbian Evangelical Lutheran Church, Germany
“We have to support women to take over responsibility in leading positions early. Women are different from men in terms of thinking, talking and acting. It is vital that they are present in the upper level of politics.”
Heleen Mees, President of Women on Top, Netherlands
“Gender equality in politics, science and business!”
Mette Kindberg, President of HK Trade Union, Denmark
“A modern, democratic society needs a balance in gender in connection with decision-making processes and implementing the decisions. This will ensure balanced discussions and decisions.”
Emma Bozkurt, MEP (PES), Netherlands
“50% women means 100% equality in decision-making!”
Brigitte Langenhagen, former MEP (EPP-ED)
“When you are needed you feel happy – and your happiness spreads spreads. Gender equality is prerequisite and one medium of peace in our society, and the world.”
Britta Thomsen, MEP (PSE), Denmark
“I support the 50/50 campaign, because in a healthy democracy, everybody is represented, both men and women.”
Karen Jespersen, Minister for Gender Equality, Denmark
“There are too few women in politics. It is a pity for democracy and the political solutions. The process of political decision making should reflect society as a whole and therefore it is important with a mix of women and men in politics. Decisions made on a representative basis increase the possibility for success.”
Eva Holmberg-Herrström, President of the International Council on Social Welfare Europe
“For almost a hundred years women have had the right to vote. In 2008 women are still in minority in all democratic parliaments. Let the election 2009 be the milestone when the European Parliament becomes equally represented by both women and men. Let the European parliament show the way for the national parliaments.”
Martine Aubry, Mayor of Lille, France
“Je souhaite que votre appel soit largement entendu et que nous nous sentions toutes et tous pleinement responsables du nouveau visage de l’Union Européenne et nos sociétée modernes.”
José Manuel Barroso
President of the European Commission, Portugal
segolene-royal1 Ségolène Royal
President of the Poitou-Charente Regional Council, France
dora_bakoyannis Dora Bakoyannis
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Greece
catherine-ashton Catherine Ashton
European Commissioner for Trade, UK
Orhan Pamuk
Writer, Nobel prize laureate, Turkey
Laurette Onkelinx
Vice-Première Ministre, Ministre des Affaires sociales et de la santé publique, Belgium
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Belgian Senator and President of the CD&V-senate group, Belgium
Danilo Turk
President of the Republic of Slovenia
Teresa Fernandez de la Vega
Vice Prime minister of Spain
Vladimir Spidla
European Commissioner for Employment, Social affairs and Equal opportunities, Czech Republic
Vaira Vike-Freiberga
Former President of Latvia
Romano Prodi
Former President of the European Commission, former Prime minister of Italy
Wanja Lundby-Wedin
President of European Trade Union Confederation, The President of the Swedish Trade Union Confederation, Sweden
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President of DM, The Danish Association of Masters and PhDs, Denmar: “As president of DM,  a union with 36,000 members who hold a Master’s or PhD degree,  I have put gender equality  at the core of all our activities. As a trade union we traditionally work for good and equal pay and working conditions for each individual member of our organisation. But it is equally important  for us to strive for  truly representative democracy at all levels of political life. Women’s voices must be heard. I therefore give my strong support to the  EWL 50/50 campaign. However, it is important that we do no forget the national aspect. Promoting more women in politics is a priority in our national work.
Andris Piebalgs
European Commissioner for Energy, Latvia
Barbara Prammer
President of the National Council of the Republic of Austria
Peter Mandelson
Former European Commissioner for External Trade, UK
Poul Nyrup Rasmussen
President of the the Party of European Socialists, former Prime minister, Denmark
Neelie Kroes
European Commissioner for Competition, Netherlands
Elio di Rupo
Président du PS (Belgique francophone) et Vice-Président de l’Internationale Socialiste, Belgium
Sylvia Borren
Co-Chair of the Global Alliance Against Poverty and the Worldconnectors, Netherlands
Michael Sommer
President of the German Confederation of Trade Unions, Germany
Danuta Hübner
European Commissioner for Regional policy, Poland
Morten Kjaerum
Director of the European Institute for Fundamental Rights, Denmark
Astrid Thors
Minister of Migration and European Affairs, Finland
Michel Rocard
MEP (PSE), France
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MEP (Greens), Italy
Meglena Kuneva
European Commissioner for Consumer Affairs, Bulgaria
Felipe Gonzales
Chairperson of the EU “Wise Men Group”, former Prime minister, Spain
Anneli Jäätteenmäki
MEP (ALDE), Vice-Chair of the Constitutional Affairs Committee, Finland
Martin Christensen
Co-chair of European region of the International Gay and Lesbian Association (ILGA-Europe), Denmark
Deborah Lambillotte
Co-chair of European region of the International Gay and Lesbian Association (ILGA-Europe), Belgium
Raül Romeva i Rueda
MEP (Greens), Vice Chair of the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality
Christiane Taubira
Member of Parliament, France
Conny Reuter
President of the European Platform for Social NGOs, Germany
Gunilla Carlsson
Minister of International Development Cooperation, Sweden
Stavros Dimas
European Commissioner for Environment, Greece
Cecilia Malmström
Minister for European Affairs, Sweden
Mikołaj Dowgielewicz
European Affairs minister, Poland
Androulla Vassiliou
European Commissioner for Health, Cyprus
Heiner Geißler
Former federal minister for Youth, Family and Health, former secretary general of CDU, Germany
Ana Maria Gomez
MEP (PSE), Vice Chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Security and Defense, Portugal
Diego López-Garrido
State secretary for European Affairs, Spain
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio
Deputy Secretary General if the Council of Europe
Heidrun Silhavy
Former Minister for Women, Media and Regional Policy, Austria
Jo Leinen
MEP (PSE), Chairperson of the Constitutional Affairs Committee, Germany
Connie Hedegaard
Minister for Climate and Energy, Denmark
Doris Pack
MEP (EPP), Germany
Birgitta Ohlsson
Member of Parliament (Liberal Party), Sweden
Bertrand Delanoë
Mayor of Paris, France
Meral Aksener
Vice-president of the Turkish Grand National Assembly, Turkey
Yves Roland-Gosselin
Président de la Confédération des Organisations Familiales de l’Union européenne (COFACE), France
Anne Van Lancker
MEP, (PSE), Belgium
Jean-Pierre Jouyet
State Secretary for European Affairs, France
Birute Vesaite
Member of Parliament, Chairperson of Economy Comittee, Lithuania
Luc Van den Brande
President of the Committee of Regions, Belgium
Charlotte Cederschiöld
MEP (PPE), Sweden
Mario Monti
Former European Commissioner, President of the Bocconi University of Milan, Italy
Marie Arena
Ministre de l’intégration, des pensions et des grandes villes, Belgium
Borut Pahor
MEP (PSE), Slovenia
Valérie Létard
State Secretary for Solidarity, France
Walter Veltroni
National Leader of the Democratic Party, Member of Parliament, Italy
Marcela Mertinova
Member of Parliament, Czech Republic
Stefan Wallin
Minister of Sports and Culture, Finland
Trifon Mitev
Member of Parliament, Bulgaria
Frieda Brepoels
MEP (EPP-ED), Belgium
Marie-Jo Zimmermann
Member of Parliament, France
Guido Sacconi
MEP (PSE), Italy
Elisabeth Rehn
Minister, Independent expert for MFA Finland and United nations, Finland
Gianni Pittella
MEP, President of the Italian Delegation to the PES Group, Italy
Neena Gill
MEP (PSE), Chair of the Delegation for Relations with India, UK
Jillian van Turnhout
Vice President of the European Economic and Social Committee, Ireland
Gisela Steineckert
Writer, Germany
Barbara Stocking
Chief Executive of Oxfam GB, UK
Hiltrud Breyer
MEP (Greens), Germany
Dušan Semolič
President of the Association of the Free Unions, Slovenia
Renate Jaeger
Judge of the European Court of Human Rights, Germany
Viviane Loschetter
Echevine de la Ville de Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Leena Linnainmaa

President of European Women Lawyers Association, Finland

Jean Lambert
MEP (Greens), UK
Alexandre Quintanilha
Director of the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology of Porto, Portugal
Drude Dahlerup
Professor of political science at Stockholm University, Sweden
Edite Estrela
MEP (PSE), Portugal
Evelyne Gebhardt
MEP (PSE), Germany
Teresa Riera Madurell
MEP (PSE), Spain
Rolf Annerberg
Director general at the Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning
Jitka Seitlová
Senator, Czech Republic
Lev Kreft
Director of Peace Institute, Slovenia
Anna Hedh
MEP (PSE), Sweden
catherine-stihler Catherine Stihler
MEP for Scotland
Arzuhan Yalcindag
President of TUSIAD (largest businessmen’s association), Turkey
Lissy Gröner
Member of the European Parliament and spoke’s person on women’s issues for the Party of European Socialists, Germany
Zoran Janković
Mayor of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Krastanka Shakliyan
Member of Parliament, Bulgaria
Helga Trüpel
MEP (Greens), Germany
Luisa Morgantini
MEP (GUE), Italy
Elisa Ferreira
MEP (PSE), Portugal
Jana Valova
Member of Parliament, Slovakia
André Freire
Assistant Professor, ISCTE – Lisbon University Institute, Portugal
Mary Banotti
Former MEP, Ireland
Uliana Pramova
Director General of Bulgarian National TV, Bulgaria
Nicole Ameline
Member of Parliament, former minister, France
Serra Yilmaz
Actress, Turkey
Anna Bartolini
Representative of the European Consumer Consultative Group, Italy
Christie Morreale
National vice President of the Socialist Party (Belgique francophone), Belgium
Marie-Georges Buffet
Member of Parliament, National secretary of the Communist Party, France
Anna Colombo
Secretary General of the Socialist Group in the European Parliament, Italy
Katerina Jacques
MEP (Greens), Czech Republic
Marlene Wind
Director, Centre for European Politics (CEP), Denmark
Kajsa Dahlström
President of Globetree association, Sweden
Cucha Carvalheiro
Actress, Portugal
Minna Sirniö
Member of Parliament, Chair of the Left Women, Finland
Anna Finocchiaro
Member of the Italian Senate, Italy
Margarida Marques
Head of the EC Represenation in Portugal
Yvonne Hirdman
Professor at University of Stockholm, Sweden
Patrizia Toia
MEP (ALDE), Italy
barbara-weiler Barbara Weiler
MEP, Germany
Michael Bünker
Bischof der Evangelischen Kirche A.B. in Österreich, Austria
Sónia Fertuzinhos
Member of Parliament, Portugal
Maria Robsahm
MEP (ALDE), Sweden
Pia Elda Locatelli
MEP (PSE), President of Socialist International Woman, Italy
Ana Luísa Amaral
Poet, Portugal
Maria Grazia Pagano
MEP (PSE), Italy
Claudia Dall’Agnol
Member of Parliament, Luxembourg
Christa Prets
MEP (PSE), Austria
Catiuscia Marini
MEP (PSE), Italy
Nalin Pekgul
President of Social Democratic Women in Sweden, Sweden
Jill Evans
MEP (the Greens – European Free Alliance), UK
Yves Leterme, Former Prime minister, Belgium
“Le gouvernement belge s’est engagé à renforcer l’égalité des chances entre femmes et hommes. A cette fin, il oeuvre pour une represéntation équilibrée des hommes et des femmes au sein des organes décisionnels, politiques et autres. Il est évident qu’en ma qualité de Premier ministre, je mettrai tout en oeuvre pour réaliser cet objectif.”
Lydie Err
Member of Parliament, Member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Luxembourg
Silvia Porubänova
Member of the governmental consultative committee for equality between women and men, Slovakia
Kathleen Van Brempt
Flemish Minister of Equal Opportunities, Belgium
Ivana Bacik
Senator, Ireland
Inês Pedrosa
Journalist and writer, Portugal
Sonja Lokar
Chair of the Gender Task Force, coordinator of the CEE Network for Gender Issues, Slovenia
Maria Teresa Horta
Writer, Portugal
Rasma Freimane
Chairwoman of the Association of Rural Women Latvia
claudette-abela-baldacchino Claudette Abela Baldacchino
Journalist, Member Committee of the Regions, Malta
Sharan Burrow
President of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Vasil Trifonov Dolapchiev
President of the Union of the Blind in Bulgaria
Romana Jordan Cizelj
Member of the European Parliament, Slovenia
Astrid Lulling
Member of the European Parliament, Luxembourg
Chila Van der Bas
Chair of Equinet – European Network of Equality Bodies, The Netherlands
Zvolská, Marie
Member of the Economic and Social Committee, Czech Republic
Pascale Leroy-Miellet
Conseillère municipale de Wavrin, France
Margita Barosova
Member of the Permanent Commission for Equality between women and men, Slovakia
Marta Turk
Director of the Foundation for family and women’s entrepreneurship META, Slovenia
Ciril Ribicic
Professor of the Faculty of Law Public University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Maria Isabel Barreno
Writer, Portugal
Darja Zavirsek
Professor at Faculty of Social Work at Univeristy of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Antigoni Karali-Dimitriadi
Vice-President of Socialist International Women, Greece
Regina Tavares da Silva
Member of CEDAW committee, Portugal
Milica Anti’ Gaber
Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences at the public Ubiversity of Ljubljana
Mehmet Ali Birand
Journalist, Turkey
Dirk Ameel
Executive officer of Eurocadres
Maca Jogan
Professor at the Faculty of Political and Social Sciences of the public University of Ljubljana
E.Charles Roux
Ecrivaine/ Writer, France
Benoite Groult
Ecrivaine/ Writer, France
Yvonne Khibiehler
Ecrivaine/ Writer, France
Malka Marcovitch
Ecrivaine/ Writer – Consultante France
Richard Martin
Théâtre Toursky, France
Michel Vauzelle
Président de la Région Provence – Alpes – Côte d’Azur, France
J. Noël Guérini
Président du Conseil général des Bouches-du-Rhône, France
Claude Haut
Sénateur, France
M.A. Carlotti
députée européenne, France
G. Bono
député européen, France
Jean Luc Bennhamias
député européen, France
Myriam Lamare
sportive/sportswoman, France
Cécile Poujol,
sportive/sportswoman, France
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