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The idea behind the Hertie Gender Equality Network (HGEN) is simple: Understand the challenge. Enable the solution. Lead the change.

For the third year in a row the Hertie Gender Equality Network (HGEN) of the fellows & friends Programme and the Gender, Equality and Sexuality Club (GES) of the Hertie School of Governance will host the "Cracking the Ceiling Conference" on 6 April 2019 and an Internal Network Meeting on 7 April 2019 at the Hertie School of Governance (Friedrichstrasse 180, 10117 Berlin, Germany).

This year’s topic is: "Policy Making in the Era of Intersectionality".

The current state of world politics, namely the rise of the far-right, brings a sense of urgency to protect and promote the rights of minorities. We believe it is necessary to create a space to discuss not only gender inequality but also intersectional discrimination.

Intersectionality considers different systems of oppression, and specifically how they overlap and are compounded. Intersectionality comprehends various intertwined characteristics, such as class, race, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, among others. The Conference will mainly touch upon the gender, race and sexual orientation perspectives of intersectionality.

HGEN aims at bringing together like-minded young and senior Hertie fellows from different cultural, academic and professional backgrounds, who are interested in the topic of gender equality. We encourage both men and women interested in these topics to join and attend!

More information about HGEN

The Hertie Gender Equality Network enables, empowers and emboldens its members to become passionate actors for gender equality, for themselves (micro), their immediate surroundings and organizations (meso) and society-at-large (macro). We aim to contribute to more gender equal-minded individuals, families, organizations and, ultimately, societies.

The main goals of the Hertie Gender Equality Network are:
+ Understand the challenge - Create a safe space to exchange experiences and best practices, challenging established frameworks and “thinking boxes” in a solutions-oriented manner;
+ Enable the solution - Bring successful gender equality champions to inspire and drive Hertie Gender Equality Network members to achieve their personal and professional goals;
+ Lead the change - Support members in becoming inspiring leaders, within their areas of activity and beyond.

The overarching goal of HGEN is to enable and empower its members to become trend-setters, not just trend followers.

Although we would be thrilled to greet you in person in Berlin, your participation in the HGEN weekend is not a prerequisite for becoming a member of the Hertie Gender Equality Network. If you are interested in joining the initiative, please join us in the HGEN online group.

Saturday, 6 April 2019, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. - ‘Cracking the Ceiling’ Conference

The Conference will have the following structure:

10:00 - 10:30 Keynote Speech - Dr. Emilia Roig

10:00 - 10:30 Panel discussion: Intersectionality - from Theory to Practice
Dr. Emilia Roig (Center for Intersectional Justice)
Dr. Petra Ahrens (Femina Politica)
Iris Rajanayagam (Xart Splitta)
Vicky Truong (Activist)

Moderator: Dr. Basak Cali.

The panel discussion will centre around how the concept intersectionality can and has been put into practice in policymaking. In the context of the contemporary European society, which is increasingly diverse but also still largely male and white-dominated, special attention should be given to the inclusion of intersectionality in public policies. There is no one better to bring these issues to light than the people themselves. We will count on a diverse set of panelists, such as policy makers, civil society organizers, and individuals. Our objective is to understand to which extent anti-discrimination policies reflect on peoples lives.

12:00 - 13:00 Light Lunch

13:00 - 14:30 Workshops
• Economic Justice and Intersectionality - Dr Inna Michaeli
• How to Mainstream an Intersectional Gender Perspective - Dr Sorcha MacLeod
• Intersectionality at the Workplace - "WePerspective
• Gender, Sexuality and Religion - (tbc)

14:30 - 15:00 Coffee break

15:00 - 16:00 Concluding remarks

Current Agenda for Saturday (PDF)

Sunday, 7 April 2019, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. - HGEN -Internal Network Meeting

On Sunday, HGEN members will meet for a working breakfast, where we first have a moment to network. Later we will exchange ideas and gather the take-aways on the Saturday conference. Lastly we will have a small peer-review session regarding discrimination on the work floor.

Registration deadline: Friday, 15 March 2019

Confirmations will be made on a “first-come, first-served” principle.

In case of questions about the workshop, please contact Ms. Florien Kruse or Cosmina Radu.

Hertie fellows who participate during the conference (Saturday) and the workshop (Sunday) are eligible for travel costs reimbursement according to the reimbursement guidelines. If you have questions about the reimbursement guidelines please contact Julia Michalsky.

After your registration has been confirmed, please contact Florien Kruse to discuss your travel arrangements.


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6. April 2019, 10:00 hour
7. April 2019, 13:00 hour
Hertie Gender Equality Network (HGEN)
Hertie School of Governance
Friedrichstrasse 180, 10117 Berlin, Germany

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