The World Forum for Democracy is a platform for dialogue and democratic innovation which brings new ideas into the work of the Council of Europe and promotes its principles across the world. A unique event of its kind, it deals with challenges facing democracy taking as a starting point innovative initiatives and practice, and fostering debate between different actors in order to find solutions. The Forum highlights and encourages democratic innovation to strengthen the foundations of democratic societies. A democratic exercise in itself, the Forum aims at giving the people – demos – their rightful place in political decision-making. It thus contributes to the evolution of democracy towards more participatory and inclusive structures and institutions.
Organisations/institutions worldwide are invited to express their interest in presenting an initiative aimed at changing the diverse range of experiences women are facing. These initiatives should be able to share evidence about efforts that have led to the strengthening and protection of women’s rights and/or to a balanced representation of women and men in public, political and/or economic affairs.
Examples of possible initiatives and their challenges (non-exhaustive):
- Understanding of how gender inequality works.
- Fighting gender-based discrimination resulting from patriarchal attitudes and related social norms
- Victim support and prevention
- Women’s rights movements influencing decision-making structures from the local to the global level, reaching broad audiences and addressing root causes of gender inequality.
- Political parties managing to establish gender parity within their structures.
- Supporting women from diverse backgrounds running for elected office, e.g. career advice, access to campaign finance, fighting against intimidation during campaigns.
- Monitoring initiatives, e.g. for the implementation and impact of quota systems, or the impact of policy changes for women of diverse backgrounds.
- Closing data gaps about persisting gender inequalities, e.g. unpaid work and participation in the informal economy, representation in local governance, political organisations etc.
- Fighting gender stereotypes, e.g. in the media, in advertisement, etc.
- Increasing competition between companies for gender equality.
- Doing business differently (e.g. actors of the circular economy, sharing economy etc.) to promote women’s engagement in public affairs.
- Strengthening women entrepreneurs and their ecosystems, including advisors, supporters and finance providers, with a special focus on those that support women in the transition to digitalised economies.
- Digital technologies fighting gender inequalities, e.g. through increasing transparency about gender pay gaps, strengthening support networks between women etc.
- Abolishing male bias in artificial intelligence.
- Religious actors that foster women participation in public political spaces, public institutions, elected offices, and the economy.
Any public or private organisation is eligible to apply. One presenter for the selected initiatives will be invited to Strasbourg to take part in the World Forum. Travel and accommodation expenses may be covered by the Council of Europe if required.
Submissions should be made by answering the questionnaire in the appendix and sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 May 2018. The World Forum Task Force will select the most interesting and relevant proposals in June 2018.
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