Women’s political participation and leadership are critical for the functioning of democracies and social progress across the world. In the European Parliament, women have in recent years increasingly been elected. In 2019, 39,5% of members of the parliament (MEPs) were female. However, the underrepresentation of women of colour continues to be a challenge in the European Parliament, particularly in relation to women of African descent. Of the 705 MEPs, only 5 are women of African descent.
This panel discussion is hosted in collaboration with BOZAR’s Afropolitan Weekend. The panel highlights the contributions of women of African descent in the European Parliament and provides a platform to discuss relations between the European Union and Afroeuropean/black communities. Panellists will discuss the particular challenges and opportunities for female MEPs of African descent and how to engage and build bridges with Afroeuropean communities across political configurations and geographic borders.
Convenor: Olivia Gieskes
in collaboration with BOZAR, ENAR and ARDI
Speakers: Pierrette Gabrielle Herzberger-Fofana, Samira Rafaela, Magid Magid, Ojeaku Nwabuzo (all confirmed)
Format: Panel discussion (45 min) followed by an interactive dialogue (45 min) between the MEPs and the audience, focused on building bridges between MEPs and Afroeuropean communities.
A video recording of this panel debate will be posted online after the event.