As the Commission heralds the European Year of Equal Opportunities, a European Movement conference on ‘Men and gender equality in Europe’ pushed for a more significant involvement of men in gender-equality issues.
Ahead of the official launch of the European Year, gender experts have called for a rethink as concerns the role of men in society and urged the adoption of a Charter of Intents for Equal Citizenship. The conference on 25 January 2007 organised by the European Movement International (EMI) sent out the message that men should take on more tasks traditionally attributed to women.
The European Year officially starts with the Equality Summit, taking place on 30-31 January 2007 in Berlin. The Summit will bring together EU ministers and civil society representatives to discuss measures to make equal opportunity a reality and to share good practice.