Human Rights in the 21st Century

Human Rights = Women’s Rights?

online roundtable, 3. 12. 2020 at 17:00

By the XXI. century, women achieved legal equality, can vote, be elected or become a CEO of an enterprise. However, are men and women already equal? And if they are not, how can women’s rights be improved further?

During the event, we are going to examine the above-mentioned questions with our invited speakers.

And also reflect on the state of women’s rights, due to COVID19 measures in the Central-East Europe, how it connects to the governmental interventions in the context of illiberal and populist political regimes and to shed some light on most recent events, like the issue of the new abortion law in Poland.

Event schedule

Welcome address

Marco Mariani | Board member ELF, Fondazione Luigi Einaudi

Sebastjan Pikl | Managing Director, Institute Novum

How is pandemic affecting women’s rights?

Katalin Cseh | MEP, Renew Europe

Zinaida Zlatanova | LIPA, former deputy prime minister and minister of justice, Bulgaria

Réka Sáfrány | Chair of the Hungarian Women’s Lobby

Nina Gabryś | Councilor of the city of Krakow and chairman of the Equal Treatment Council, Poland

Andreja Škrabec | Institute Novum

Moderator: Dániel Mikecz | Republikon Institute



Marco Mariani | Board member ELF, Fondazione Luigi Einaudi

Marco Mariani graduated in “Law”, in “Political Science”, in “Administration Sciences” and in “Social sciences for non-profit organizations and international cooperation” with full marks. Furthermore, he attended post graduate courses at many other universities (Bocconi, Luiss, La Sapienza, European University Institute). He was researcher at the “Centro Nazionale di Studi e Ricerche sulle Autonomie Locali” and visiting lecturer at the University of Florence. Currently he is lecturer of “Public utilities law” in the e-Campus telematic University.
He is a founding partner of Catte Mariani law firm, based in Florence and Rome. He is licensed to practice before the higher courts, and he mainly deals with issues concerning Public utilities law and public procurement, administrative law, law and economics.
He is the author of numerous publications (including two monographs and 23 anthologies) on the matters of Public utilities law, Local authorities law, Administrative law, Public procurements law, Planning law, Bankruptcy law, Consumers law, Corporate law. In the same subjects he has been lecturer and speaker in many courses and conferences.
He currently serves as Board Member of the European Liberal Forum and European Affairs Director of Fondazione Luigi Einaudi.

Sebastjan Pikl

Sebastjan Pikl | Institute Novum

Mr. Pikl is one of the founders and director of Institute NOVUM, an institute for strategic and applicable research that deals with policy analysis, visual media, and public relations. He has also served as an advisor for various communications projects, including the campaign for president of Republic of Slovenia Dr. Danilo Türk in 2007 and several liberal political parties. Mr. Pikl is a philosopher and political scientist by training, with special interests in the field of psychoanalysis, policy analysis and history of Mediterranean region.

Katalin Cseh | MEP, Renew Europe

Katalin studied medicine in Budapest and health economics in the Netherlands before she started her political career at Momentum Movement, a newly established centre-progressive party. She was one of the founding members of the party and later she became a candidate for the European Parliamentary elections. After taking up her mandate in the European Parliament, she was elected for the position of Vice-President of Renew Europe. Katalin is working actively as a member of the Committee on Foregin Affairs, the Committee on Human Rights, the Committee on Regional Development and the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy. She is an active member of the European Parliament’s Gender Mainstreaming Network, as well as the bureau member of the Anti-Corruption Intergroup and Vice-Chair of the Climate Intergroup. Katalin is also the Chair of Renew Europe’s Working Group on Values and Democracy.

Zinaida Zlatanova | LIPA, former deputy prime minister and minister of justice, Bulgaria

Zinaida Zlatanova a member of the Liberal Institute for Political Analises. She is a lawyer and a longtime Bulgarian and European civil servant. She has served as a Minister of Justice of Bulgaria and Head of Representation of the European Commission in Bulgaria.

Réka Sáfrány | Chair of the Hungarian Women’s Lobby

Ms. Réka Sáfrány is the chair of the Hungarian Women's Lobby and a member of the Board of the
European Women’s Lobby (EWL) She has been working as a gender expert and policy officer at Hungarian
women’s rights NGOs since 2004. Her expertise extends on the issues of women’s political representation,
gender in education and violence against women in particular. She holds an MA degree in Gender Studies
from Central European University, Budapest and MA degrees in English and German Literature and
Linguistics from ELTE University, Budapest.

Nina Gabryś | Councilor of the city of Krakow and chairman of the Equal Treatment Council

Councilor of the city of Krakow and chairman of the Equal Treatment Council, which was established in Krakow in 2019. She is an author of numerous initiatives, among others creation of a breast cancer prevention program for young women and a campaign against domestic violence. Co-creator and Vice president of ‘One Hundred Years of Women’s Voice’ Association, one of the main organizations in Krakow working for women’s rights.

Andreja Škrabec | Institute Novum

Andreja Škrabec has a Masters degree of National and European Studies in the filed of human rights. She actively cooparated in social – liberal politics in the years 2007-2015, when she was a President of the Party Council. She was also a member of the City Council of Ribnica for 5 years. Lately her interests lie in theatre with acting and writing plays with social connotations.

Dániel Mikecz | Republikon Institute

Dániel Mikecz graduated as political scientist at the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. He writes his doctoral thesis on the Hungarian global justice movement. Since 2015 he is a researcher at the Republikon Institute. From 2010 he holds various courses at the Eötvös Loránd University on protest movements and political participation. Since 2013 he is also a Junior Research Fellow at the Institute of Political Science at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. Daniel publishes articles in academic journals and weekly, daily newspapers on social movements, protests and a political participation.

This event is organised by the European Liberal Forum asbl with the support of Institute Novum.
Co-funded by the European Parliament. Neither the European Parliament nor the European Liberal Forum asbl are responsible for the content of this event or for any use that may be made of it.
The views expressed herein are those of the speaker(s) alone. These views do not necessarily reflect those of the European Parliament and/ or the European Liberal Forum asbl.