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Empower Women: Women in the Public Sphere

Empower Women: Women in the Public Sphere

Wednesday, Mar 08, 2023 From 09:00 to 14:00

Politics and Healthcare as Pillars for Better Society 


NOTE: This is a purely physical event and will not be streamed online.

 Women in the Public Sphere 

Politics and Healthcare as Pillars for Better Society 

March 8th  (Jurkovičova tepláreň) 

International Women’s Day  

30 years of Independent Slovakia 


  1. 1) Advancing Women’s Participation in Leading Positions and Political Culture in Slovakia (panel) 

According to the UN Women, women's political participation is a fundamental prerequisite for gender equality and genuine democracy. It facilitates women's direct engagement in public decision-making. Women’s participation in politics affects both the range of policy issues that get considered and the types of solutions that are proposed. Studies show that whether a legislator is male or female has a distinct impact on their policy priorities 

At the same time, in Slovakia, only 21% of parliament members are women, whereas the European average is 33%. Women in public and political functions face significantly more harassment and hateful comments on social media, than their male counterparts. In this panel, we will discuss the importance of female political representation, the obstacles that women in politics face, and how to encourage more women to strive for leading positions in the private and public spheres. 


  • Michal Vašečka - sociologist


  1. 2) Fireside chat: Protecting LGBTQ+ people and their rights, best practices, and tips from the private sector on how to ensure their safety and wellbeing  

Instead of support and protection of LGBTQ+ community after the recent tragic events, they have been used as a tool for political gain. How can we create a supportive and safe environment?  


  1. 3) Healthy Women and Women in Healthcare: Ensuring Access to Quality Healthcare for All (panel) 

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of healthcare workers to resilient health systems and global health security. According to the WHO, women hold 70% of health worker jobs globally, and are 90% of nurses. The pandemic has exposed deep inequalities that undermine health systems, including gender inequality within the health workforce.   

Despite women making up 50 percent of the population, women have been underrepresented in clinical trials and research, with not enough information about female-specific issues, furthermore, women tend to be misdiagnosed more often. Even though women live longer than men, they spend a more significant proportion of their lives in ill health and disability, with growing geographic inequalities in women’s life expectancy. 

In this panel, we will discuss the lack of gender-specific data about the state of women’s health and access to healthcare in Slovakia and the absence of a comprehensive strategy for women’s health 


  • Miriam Lapuníková - executive director, Roosevelt hospital
  • Miroslava Fovyenes - civic association Lymphoma Slovakia
  • Peter Szalay - analyst, Health Policy Institute - moderator


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January 19, 2023


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