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As the first independent European Feminist Think Tank, G5+ is committed to European integration and a future built on gender equality, respect for human rights and sustainability.

We believe that the world, and Europe in particular, must use a gender lens in order to find better and more sustainable solutions to address the big challenges of our societies. We analyse environmental, economic, social and digital and AI policies from a feminist perspective, with concerns for human development, care and solidarity.

Our ultimate objective is to promote women’s rights and gender democracy, contributing to a feminist vision to the process of transformation of society and European integration.

We ask how specific policies impact women and men differently, and whether and how these differences are taken into account in all areas of life. Is there equal treatment and opportunities? And if not, what needs to be done to ensure equality? We also try to tackle some of the most entrenched problems that women face, such as violence, the gender gap in equal pay and pensions , the stereotyping which affects women negatively as well as their place in the fast moving policies of digitalization and artificial intelligence.

We reach out and build alliances with women, networks, research institutes, and European institutions such as the European Parliament in order to carve out that space which is necessary for developing creative and respectful solutions.

G5+ supports innovative feminist research as well as roundtable discussions between relevant stakeholders and European and national decision-makers. Such roundtable have addressed issues raised in our collection of policy papers.

G5+ is also a partner in two large European Horizon research projects (Push*Back*Lash and G-EPIC) and the Jean Monnet Chaire EUGENDERING.

Whenever possible, we make documentary films on Women women who played a key role in building the European Union (ex: Eliane Vogel Polsky: Champion of women’s rights in Europe) and on important topics (Women’s Europe: Voices in times of Covid – 4 Episodes. Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, Episode 4).

Every year, we organise in partnership with the College of Europe and the EUGENDERING Jean Monnet Chair, an “Eliane Vogel Polsky lecture” ( “Democracy and Gender Equality” — Lecture by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Ms Katerina SAKELLAROPOULOU).

G5+ is an independent self-financed organisation. We want to remain independent and do not receive structural or administrative support. We have received money dedicated to the development of specific projects and we live from members’ fees and donations. If you would like to support our work, we would really appreciate your contribution.

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Gender Five Plus promotes feminism as a crucial transformative framework that addresses the underlying causes of the climate crisis and will help to establish a sustainable and just society. There are four aspects of feminism which are particularly relevant in this context.

Women’s Empowerment plays a crucial role in climate change mitigation and adaptation while women’s leadership enhances resilience, fosters innovative solutions, and promotes sustainable practices at various levels, from local communities to international platforms.

Intersectionality and Inclusivity emphasizes the recognition of intersecting forms of oppression, including gender, race, class, and more. Focussing on Care and Sustainability will ensure the transition to a low-carbon society. By challenging the dominant model of exploitative and extractive practices, feminism promotes alternative approaches that prioritize the well-being of both people and the planet.

Advocacy for Just Transition ensures the rights and well-being of workers and communities affected by the shift to a sustainable economy. This includes a fair distribution of benefits in renewable energy sectors and other green industries as well as a change in what is meant by growth and its measure. By incorporating these principles and perspectives into climate action, we can foster more inclusive, equitable, and effective responses to the climate crisis and build a sustainable and just future for all.

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Gender equality in artificial intelligence (AI) addresses the fair and unbiased representation and treatment of people regardless of their gender, in the development, deployment, and use of AI technologies. It involves eliminating gender-based discrimination, biases, and disparities in algorithms and AI systems and ensuring equal opportunities for all genders.

The deployment of AI technologies carries potential risks for the future of work and gendered labour dynamics. Certain sectors traditionally dominated by women, such as caregiving or administrative roles, may face automation, exacerbating existing gender inequalities in the job market and beyond. It is essential to promote diversity and inclusion in AI research and development teams. Gender sensitivity and the active pursuit of gender equality, including diverse perspectives are necessary to ensure that AI technologies are inclusive and address the needs and experiences of the diversity of women. AI can also create new opportunities and help redefine traditional roles, offering the potential to challenge gender norms and reshape gendered labour dynamics. Achieving gender equality in AI requires a multifaceted approach involving diverse teams, unbiased data, algorithmic fairness and transparency. By addressing these aspects, we can harness the full potential of AI to promote inclusivity, advance gender equality, and contribute to a more equitable society.

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G5+ considers that the EU has been proactive in terms of promoting gender equality in the labour market and thus enforcing women’s economic independence according to basic feminist concerns. The contribution of the European Social Fund in enhancing women’s employment has been crucial over the past years. It adopted the dual approach by (a) promoting gender equality through mainstreaming and (b) supporting specific targeted actions aiming at sustainable participation of women in employment. by reducing gender-based segregation in the labour market and promoting work life balance for all and equal sharing of care responsibilities between men and women.

The pandemic has been an opportunity to recognize caregiving as an essential economic and social activity as feminists have been arguing for years. With growing populations, ageing societies, changing families and the spectrum of future health issues, care constitutes one of the most important human activities that should be the core of the organization of modern economies. The integration of feminist concerns in the economic policy can be a driver of economic and sustainable recovery and access to appropriate health and care services should be recognized as a human right.

For more analysis of the care economy and of the post covid policies see our report: “TOWARDS A GENDERED RECOVERY IN THE EU:WOMEN AND EQUALITY IN THE AFTERMATH OF THE COVID19 PANDEMIC”

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For G5+ true equality between women and men goes hand in hand with the eradication of all forms of gender-based violence, which is one of the most pervasive human rights violations against women and girls. Women are affected by male violence regardless of race, age, ethnicity, class, nationality, culture or religion. All forms of violence are part of a continuum embedded in a patriarchal society: femicide, rape; domestic violence; sexual harassment; obstetric violence sexual harassment, online/cyber violence, harmful customary or traditional practices, such as honor killings, female genital mutilation, marriage by abduction and forced marriage, etc.

The EU is addressing this. As of June 2023, it has ratified the Istanbul Convention of the Council of Europe, which is the most comprehensive legal framework to combat violence against women. Directives against sexual harassment, and against human trafficking, and the most recent proposal for a Directive on violence against women and domestic violence, (proposed in March 2022, still to be adopted by the Council and the European Parliament) are all part of a holistic approach to make Europe a safe place for women and girls. The proposals therein echo G5+ recommendations in its report “Ending Violence Against Women: the Istanbul Convention and Beyond”.

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G5+ believes that there can be no democracy without the equal participation of women at all levels, in politics as in society and their contribution to gender balanced policies. In November 1893, the women of New Zealand became the first in the world to vote in a national election. 130 years later, and despite progress made, women remain outsiders in the corridors of power and are still a minority in most elected parliaments around the world. In November 1992 in Athens, the European Commission launched its first action on Women and Decision making at the European Conference “ Women in Power”. All the Member States then signed the “Athens Declaration”. Over 20 years later, even though some progress has been achieved, they are not represented equally in decision-making and their progression is irregular and volatile. The underrepresentation of women in decision-making represents a serious challenge in terms of the democratic functioning of all EU countries and of the European Union.

We consider women’s political participation as having two important dimensions – the proportion of women in decision making and the inclusion of women’s perspectives and needs in government policies and programmes. As an NGO promoting women’s rights and gender democracy from a feminist viewpoint in the context of European integration, we will be actively involved in promoting an agenda for gender equality and women’s rights in the period leading to the forthcoming European Parliament Elections, and beyond. And we will support all actions seeking to address the gender imbalance in participation in the the European and national elections, and in political decision-making generally.