International Congress on Gender Equality 2019

Feminism 4.0: Social and political interpretations of the new wave of feminism

In recent years, there have been strong social demands for gender equality which have surprised many political, trade-union, economic and social agents.

In order to understand this new social context, Gipuzkoa Provincial Council has organised the International Congress on Gender Equality: “Feminism 4.0: “Social and political interpretations of the new wave of feminism”, that will be held on the 14th and 15th of February.

The sessions will revolve around three main areas: economy, care and gender based violence against women. In addition, there will be a specific panel on the global feminist agenda and a final one onthe challenges and proposals aimed at public institutions.


Accreditation and handing out documentation




Opening presentation: Feminist mobilisations and policies for equality between women and men.

Rosa Cobo

Professor of Gender Sociology and director of the Centre of Gender and Feminist Studies. University of A Coruña.
Discussion 10:15
Coffee-break 10:45

Panel 1. Economics: Economics and gender inequalities

Foundations that underpin the economic system from a feminist perspective.

Antonella Picchio
Professor in the Department of Political Economy, University of Modena & Reggio Emilia. Italy.

What is the approach followed by feminist economics and what challenges are raised?

Angela O’Hagan
Social Sciences Department. Glasgow Caledonian University. Scotland.

Crisis process that we have gone through and its consequences from a feminist perspective.

Amaia Pérez Orozco
PhD of Economics. Independent researcher
Lunch 13:30

Panel 2. Economics: The other side of the Economy: care work.

Models for an approach to care work and their link to gender inequalities.

Carmen Castro
Researcher specialising in gender equality policies and currently consultant for Gender Equality Policies at A Coruña City Council.

Employment in the care sector.

Isabel Otxoa
Associate Professor in Labour and Social Security Law at the University of the Basque Country. Consultant for the Association of domestic workers in Bizkaia.

Social reorganization to meet care needs.

Teresa Torns
PhD of Sociology and retired professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.
End of the day 17:30

Panel 3. Violence against women. Raising the profile of violence against women as a driving force behind feminist mobilisations

The social function of violence against women.

Nerea Barjola
PhD in Feminism and Gender issues.

The feminist movement faced with violence against women.

Montserrat Vila Planas
Coordinator for the Unitary Platform against Catalonia

Where should public policies to provide support for victims of violence against women be heading? Limits of the criminal justice system.

Miren Ortubay
PhD of Criminal Law at the University of the Basque Country, specialising in sexist violence. Former legal adviser for the Ararteko (Ombudsman’s Office in the Basque Country).
Coffee-break 11:00

Global feminist agenda. What is the global feminist agenda a response to, and what challenges does it raise?

Feminist mobilisation as a response to neoliberal policies and cutbacks in social rights.

Julia Martí
FeministAlde feminist group. Bilbao

Challenges for the feminist agenda. Violence against activists and new forms of international solidarity.

Marusia Lopez Cruz
“JASS-Just Associates” International Feminist organisation

Incorporating female diversity into the feminist agenda.

Justa Montero
Cofounder/member of the Feminist Assembly of Madrid
Lunch 13:30

Final reflections: Keys for working towards gender equality through public policies

Advances and challenges in public policies for gender equality: looking at the Nordic countries.

A historical interpretation of public policies for gender equality. Advances, shortcomings and challenges.

Marina Subirats
Lecturer in Sociology and professor emerita at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. First Head of the Women’s Institute. Ex-Councillor and Deputy- mayor of Barcelona City Council.

The strategy of gender mainstreaming and keys for its development.

Rosa Gomez
General Technical Secretary for the Regional Ministry of Knowledge, Research and University. Regional Government of Andalusia. Seville.

Challenges for public gender equality policies in the Basque Autonomous Community. Is the inclusion of the feminist agenda possible?

Mireia Espiau
Head of the Gender Equality Department. Vitoria-Gasteiz City Council.
Conclusions 17:00
End of the congress 17:30

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