EVS meeting in Skopje: call for abstracts

Gender equality: a European value. Emerging issues and methodological challenges

Skopje (North Macedonia), March 7th 2024, 14.00 – 17.30

Gender Equality is a human right and a global goal, as affirmed in the UN Agenda 2030 (SDG 5). In Europe, the equality between men and women has been included in the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union and formally recognized among the values of the Union since 2019, with the Treaty of Lisbon.

The process of institutionalization of the gender equality principle, whose starting point can be dated back to 1957 with the Treaty of Rome, continues nowadays in the context of the unified Gender Mainstreaming strategy, a guiding framework for European legislation and policies.

Today, several measurements based on structural elements are available to monitor gender equality. However, cultural dimensions like values, beliefs and norms play a crucial role in shaping gender role expectation and guiding behaviors and choices. In this direction, values surveys (European Values Study/World Values Survey) can offer a great contribution by providing measurements of gender role attitudes, beliefs concerning the principle of gender equality, and moral norms. It can help understand cultural changes in connection with current social, economic and political challenges at the national and European levels, including for example value polarization, rise of political extremism, anti-gender backlash, anti-European sentiments, but also the relationships of gender equality value with religiosity, environmentalism, and European integration.

To promote an interdisciplinary discussion addressing these issues, the European Values Study is organizing a seminar on March 7th, 2024, at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.

We welcome proposals focusing on aspects of gender equality value from an interdisciplinary perspective and in particular dealing with emerging issues at the country or European levels. Contributions focusing on methodological challenges in the measurement of gender equality value are particularly welcomed. The use of EVS/WVS data is encouraged but not a requirement.

Please, send an abstract of maximum 250 words to the Scientific organizing committee (secretariat.evs@gmail.com) by January 31, 2024. Proposals should clearly describe the crucial issue addressed and the methodology applied. Decisions about acceptance will be made by 5th February 2024.

Scientific organizing committee:

Beatrice Chromková Manea (Masaryk University, CZ); Vera Lomazzi (University of Bergamo, IT); Quita Muis (Tilburg University, NL); Claudiu Tufis (University of Bucharest, RO).

Secretariat support: Francesca Bellini (University of Bergamo, IT)

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