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".

Gender Discrimination Athens 10-12.10.2019

Thursday 10 of October 2019, 18:00
Serafeio City of Athens, Peiraios & Petrou Ralli, Athens
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.

Thursday 10/10/2019, 12:00, Titania Hotel, Panepistimiou 52
Presentation of Study to journalists

Thursday 10/10/2019, entrance and registration 17:30, Serafeio City of Athens, Central Hall of Events (ground floor), Peiraios and Petrou Ralli
Public event for the presentation and discussion of the study with the participation of pertinent governmental officials, specialized scientists - academicas and represenatives of the civil society who participated in the study. In particular:

The study will be presented by its authors and lawyers Despoina Natsi and Thomai Papa.

Iterventions will follow from:
-    Maria Syreggela, General Secretary of Family and Gender Equality Policy
-    Eirini Siozou, General Secretariat of Justice and Human Rights
-    Maria Stratigaki, Associate Professor of Social Policy, Panteion University
-    Kalliopi Lykovardi, Deputy Ombundsperson (Gender Equality)
-    Sissi Vovou, «To Mov»– Women Rights Association
-    Ariadne Petraki, Colour Youth (tbc)
-    Christos Iliadis, Hellenic League for Human Rights
-    Stella Bellia,  Raimbow Famillies
-    Marina Galanou, Transgender Support Association - Select Respect Network Member

Coordination: Lina Papadopoulou, Associate Professor of A.U.Th. Law School and academic supervisor of the study.

Friday 11/10/2019, 17:00-21:00 and Saturday, 12/10/2019, 10:00-15:00, Serafeio City of Athens - Social Dynamo Hall of Bodossaki Foundation (2nd Floor), Peiraios and Petrou Ralli.
Two-day seminar "Gender-based Discrimination: A psychological and legal analysis of gender stereotypes as well as practical tools for combatting them". Expression of interest required here up to 04/10.

Take a look at the seminar's programme below:

Friday 11/10/2019 - Part A
17:00-17:30 Welcoming and registration
17:30-18:40 «Enprinting bodies and sexes, differently…»
18:40-18:50 Short Break
18:50-19:30 «From gender equality to gender identity: terminology and people»
19:30-20:40 «Real human stories»
20:40-21:00 Closing of the 1st part and rethinking

Saturday 12/10/2019 - Part B
10:00-10:30 Welcoming and registration
10:30-12:00 «The legal dimension of gender in Greece»
12:00-12:10 Short Break
12:10-13:30 «Study and use of know-how»
13:40-14:50 «Creating new ideas and actions»  
14:50-15:00 Closing of 2nd part and rethinking

All the events are in Greek. – 2310282829 and – 6947344614 & 6977092546
Event hosting: Serafeio City of Athens & Social Dynamo - Bodossaki Foundation