Media release

Empowering women and girls in Central Asia: Latvian Presidency debate in EDDs 2015

28 May 2015

On 3-4 June, the Latvian Presidency of the Council of the EU will participate in the European Development Days (EDDs), the biggest annual development event in Brussels that brings together key development experts, opinion leaders and stakeholders. As part of the Presidency priorities in the field of development, the Latvian Presidency will draw attention to gender issues, focusing on Central Asian region.  

The current post-2015 process is a unique opportunity to highlight the role of gender equality in advancing development and making it sustainable. As stated by the Latvian Prime Minister, Laimdota Straujuma, “gender is a stand-alone goal and a cross-cutting issue in the new development agenda and is one of the main priorities of the EU. As the Presidency of the Council of the EU, we have advocated that EU common positions strongly reflect the gender dimension”.  

The Lab Debate of the Latvian Presidency will take place on 4 June (10:45-12:00 Brussels time) and will focus on Central Asia, a region that receives little attention from development donors, but is the priority region for Latvian development cooperation. The panellists will speak about specific discriminatory traditions in local communities, stereotypes against women and specific restrictions in the labour market, and share their insight about Latvia’s work on development cooperation and knowledge sharing in Central Asia.  

The Presidency will also be present at the opening session of the EDDs with an intervention by the Latvian Prime Minister (3 June, 11:30-12:30 Brussels time), which will be broadcast online on the EDDs website.  

Jānis Bērziņš