February 2022 Session

February 2022

Demanding a Feminist Recovery

Women have been on the frontline of the pandemic as carers and health workers. They have been impacted not only by burnouts and higher rates of COVID-19 contraction in the health sector, but also by other societal shifts due to corona measures, such as the closing of schools and other activity centres. In 2021, women still don’t have equal pay for equally valuable work. And the pandemic has also worsened gender inequality in terms of inadequate wages, unpaid care work and labour in the home, and rising gender-based violence.

Women, whose competences are undervalued and therefore underpaid, are most often the workers in essential professions. Even as women deal with unequal wages for equal work, they are also most affected by the greater family and care burden, leading to even more unpaid and unrecognised work. An increase of domestic violence reports has also been reported during lockdowns.

The Recovery Plan that’s supposed to tackle the impact of COVID-19 is pouring money into male-dominated sectors. What now? How can we ensure that the gender dimension of this crisis is addressed?

As the Greens, we have been calling for EU and all the Member States ratify and effectively implement the Istanbul Convention. We also believe that the European Commission cannot delay the adoption of the Directive on gender pay gap and upgrading its provisions on parental leave. We have also been working to ensure equal pay for equally valuable work, address growing gender-based violence during the pandemic, and ensure access to reproductive health care and abortion.

Film: 16 February at 00:00 CEST – 17 February at 23:59 CEST



Woman is a worldwide project giving a voice to 2,000 women across 50 different countries. Despite its very large scale, the film offers an intimate portrait of those who constitute half of humanity.

It is an opportunity to shed light on the injustices women are subjected to all over the world, but what Woman would like to underline most is the inner strength of women and their capacity to change the world despite all the difficulties they are facing. In this new era where women’s voices resonate more and more, the aim of the film is not only to call for rights or focus on problems, but to find solutions and try to reconcile the two genders.

The project deals with topics such as motherhood, education, marriage and financial independence but also menstruation and sexuality.

Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand and Anasatasia Mikova
Country: France
Duration: 108 minutes
Access: Due to distribution rights regulation, this screening will exclusively be in Albania, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Lithuania , Luxemburg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and UK.
Subtitles: French, Spanish, German, Turkish, Swedish, Dutch and English.

Debate: 17 February at 19:30 CEST

Women contribute immensely to society. When women have the space to thrive, they are excellent communicators, healers, and community leaders. Yet in a world designed by men for men they are often unheard, unrecognised, and under-valued. In the EU, the gender pay gap has only slightly reduced over the last decade, with women earning 14.1% less on average. Inequality is also present at home – where women often take more of the load when it comes to domestic and care work. The pandemic has highlighted the over-burdened health and care sectors, where women make up most of the workforce globally. According to the UN, gender equality is critical in addressing poverty, disease, and armed conflict. But because of the pandemic, gains made in the past decades toward gender equality are at risk of being rolled back.  Following the screening of the documentary ‘Woman’, we hosted a debate on Thursday 17 February at 19:30 CET. We discussed the progress that has been made concerning women’s rights, its impact on women and girls today, and the challenges we have yet to face. How has the pandemic re-shaped our understanding of gender equity? And how can a Green Recovery advance women’s rights and opportunities?

We had a great and insightful time with the following panellists: Özgecan Kara, Secretary General, Federation of Young European Greens, Iva Marković, Program Director of Polekol & Founder of Right To Water, Mélanie Vogel, Senator for the French living abroad, Amelia Womack, Deputy Leader, Green Party of England and Wales, and Mar Garcia, Secretary General, European Green Party (moderator).

During the debate, we discovered ‘Let’s talk money’ the latest work of Poetry Slam champion Adriana Bertran Anía, known for her feminist & politically charged live poetry. It broaches the topic of unpaid care work done by the women in our families and asks… at what cost?

  • Artistic spot:
    Poetry Slam champion Adriana Bertran Anía, known for her feminist & politically charged live poetry, releases her latest work ‘Let’s talk money’. It broaches the topic of unpaid care work done by the women in our families and asks… at what cost?
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