WPL is delighted to announce that EIGE, the European Institute for Gender Equality, is an official partner of the WPL Summit in Vilnius, Lithuania.

Vilnius is the home of EIGE and will be hosting a number of activities during the WPL Summit, as well as support some communication activities.


The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) is an autonomous body of the European Union, established to contribute to and strengthen the promotion of gender equality, including gender mainstreaming in all EU policies and the resulting national policies, and the fight against discrimination based on sex, as well as to raise EU citizens’ awareness of gender equality.



Sessions at the WPL Summit:

What are the benefits of a gender-sensitive parliament?

In national parliaments across the EU, women make up less than a third of parliamentarians. This is bound to have an impact on the parliamentary decisions. How can we even-up the balance and ensure meeting the needs of both the genders? One way is to have more gender-sensitive parliaments.

Parliaments are not only institutions deciding about legislation, but also working places. Like any other organisations, they have their own rules, customs and ways of working. A parliament that can be called gender-sensitive is not simply about having a higher proportion of women. A good example of a gender-sensitive parliament would be one that fosters an environment that encourages more women to choose a career in politics and welcomes their  advancement to the top levels of decision-making, across a wide range of portfolios.

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has developed a tool that helps parliaments to assess and monitor gender equality within their organisations. This session will discuss the benefit of having a gender equal parliament and how EIGE’s tool can support such change in the European Union and beyond to bring more gender equality.  Join the discussion to find out what it takes to become a leader in gender equality in the political sphere.


Digitalisation: opportunities and risks for girls and boys


Recent exposures of how citizens’ data can ’land’ on the on-line platforms has put the ethics of digitalisation under the spotlight. The complex online world brings new opportunities for women and men but also many new challenges. It is important to better understand these dynamics.

The current trio of the Presidencies of the Council of the European Union (Estonia, Bulgaria and Austria) have decided to focus on digitalisation and its various aspects.

According to EIGE’s research, currently only 17 % out of the 8 million ICT specialists in the European Union are women. The relative absence of women is strongly connected to the perception of the ICT sector as a playground for men. At the same time, there is strong and constantly growing demand for ICT specialists. Forecasts predict a shortage of more than 700,000 ICT specialists by 2020 in the EU.

This session looks at digitalisation from two angles:

  • digital skills as a key component in the future of work;
  •  the online world as a channel to participate in political and social life.

Join us to discuss how to avoid the ICT skills shortage,  how to tap into women’s potential and encourage girls to take an interest in ICT early on. We will also look at the main challenges and opportunities for girls and boys in the online world and how these could be addressed.