After Netherlands, the next meetings were in Brussels. As the base of Council of the European Union, Brussels has a great role to play in influencing change for the better. Across our meetings, we emphasised the need for equal engagement of women in all aspects of decision making especially at the top echelons where women are often underrepresented and continue to face various kinds of barriers.
In meetings at the EC, EP and UN Women, the issues of migration, sexual harassment, abuse and discrimination were raised and how these could be addressed by proactive policies and affirmative action toward not just women, but including everyone at the margins, including persons with disabilities, LGBTQI, Roma and minority communities in Europe.
The Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) we met extended their utmost support in enabling further G100 meetings in others countries viz. Italy and France.
A great joy was the G100 Global Chairs Luncheon. Most of the G100 Global Chairs at the lunch were meeting one another for the first time, so there was much excitement in the air. The vibe of sisterhood and solidarity was robust and strong.
With loving commitment and voluntary principles of contribution and co-creation, we thrived in inspiration and exchange and grew in our bold belief that together we have the chance and role of a lifetime to bring the change we wish to see – realising gender equality in this decade.