Last Friday, 13th October, a group of engaged College of Europe students met with three gender equality researchers – Liliia Antoniuk, Lilit Hakobyan, and Khouloud Ben Mansour – for an inspiring panel discussion, followed by a vivid Q&A session. These experts completed or are currently undergoing the Gender Equality Fellowship as part of the SHAPEDEM-EU project in Brussels.
The panel discussed the current state of gender equality and women’s rights in Armenia, Ukraine, and Tunisia, considering contrasting country-specific situations. The researchers emphasized the pivotal role of civil society in driving change and called for a more intersectional approach of EU efforts on the matter. Students were encouraged to educate themselves on the topic, to speak up and to act as agents of change.