Civil and political rights - - European Union

An End to Manels: Closing the Gender Gap at Europe's Top Policy Events

11.07.2018 / Created by (EMWF)

This brief looks at gender and speaking roles at European high-level conferences. The number of women who speak at key policy-shaping conferences across Europe is far below that of their male peers. In this brief, the authors have quantified the gender gap by looking at 23 high-level conferences in Europe from 2012 until mid-2017. The authors also hope that this report will encourage better monitoring of gender imbalance at conferences and accelerate some existing good practices aimed at ensuring women are better represented. The dataset that accompanies this brief covers the 23 conferences and accounts for 12,600 speaking roles between 2012 and mid-2017, and the authors argue that this data sample is large enough to highlight broader trends at high-level European conferences. The findings show that if one takes the body of data as a whole from 2012 to mid-2017, men occupied 74 percent of these speaking roles and women only 26 percent.


  • Type of publication : Study / Report
  • Author : Christal Morehouse, Alla Volkova, Silvia Fierăscu
  • Publishing house : Open Society Foundations
  • Publication date : 2018
  • Number of pages : 20
  • Language : English and french


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