Legally combatting Gender-based Discrimination in Greece


The demands of the feminist movement have brought the different aspects of gender at the forefront and have laid the ground for a deeper and more sincere discussion of these taboo issues. They have shown how the concept of gender beyond its biological dimension is a "social construction" defined by the social and cultural perceptions of a society, as well as how this determines social relations and, in general, the organization of society. Besides, gender does not only refer to a person's biological sex, but it includes gender expression, gender identity, and sexual orientation as well. Transcending local peculiarities, a characteristic of patriarchal societies is the unequal distribution of power between men and women, with women being systematically and substantially oppressed. By defining social roles for men and women, there is no room for coexistence with individuals whose identity exceeds this bipolar "regularity".

Thursday 27 of June 2019, 18:30
Lawyers' Guild of Thessaloniki, "I. Manoledakis" room, Tsimiski 103 & Isavron
Free entrance

Heinrich Boell Foundation Greece in cooperation with the Select Respect Network and the Gender Alliance Initiative present the study "Legally combatting Gender-based Discrimination in Greece". The study evaluates the current legal framework concerning gender discrimination in Greece focusing on laws passed the last years from the Parliament which concern the consolidation of rights for gender violence victims, mainly against women, as well as the consolidation of basic rights for the lgbtqi community, an issue where Greece was lagging behind in comparison with other European countries. It will suffice for anyone to look at the level of women participating in the Hellenic Parliament, the Local Authorities, the bussiness world, epsecially when it comes to the higher level. In parallel, the steady presence of extreme right-wing rhetoric and hate rhetoric with intense racist and sexist interior, both in Greece and in the rest of Europe, is a constant reminder that in order to gain true equality and equal treatment, the institutional protections are not enough, but that a constant struggle mainly on a level of social perceptions is required.

The study will be presented by the authors and lawyers Despoina Natsi & Thomi Papa.

Remarks will follow from:
•    Maria Giannakaki, General Secretary of Transparency and Human Rights, Ministry of Justice
•    Katerina Georgiadou, Hellenic League for Human Rights
•    Marina Galanou, Transgender Support Association
•    Evangelos Kosmatos, psychologist, Gender Allicance Initiative

The discussion will be moderated by Lina Papadopoulou, Associate Professor of the Law School of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and academic supervisor of the study.

On the 28th of June an experiential seminar will take place taking inspiration from the presentation of the study At the Photography Museum (Apotheke A')

10:00-10:30 Welcoming and registration
1st Part 
10:30-11:40 «Enprinting bodies and sexes, differently…»
11:40-11:50 Short Break
11:50-12:30 «From gender equality to gender identity: terminology and people»
12:30-13:40 «Real human stories»
13:40-14:00 Closing of the 1st part and rethinking

14:00-15:00 Lunch Break 

2nd Part 
15:00-16:10 «The legal dimension of gender in Greece»
16:10-16:20 Short Break
16:20-17:00 «Study and use of know-how»
17:00-18:10 «Creating new ideas and actions»  
18:10-18:40 Closing of 2nd part and rethinking

18:40-19:00 Seminar conclusion, wholistic evaluation and re-aiming