#equalpanel project EWMD Italy

The #equalpanel project was conceived and was strongly desired by a team of EWMD Italy members: Ewmd Italia's Chairwoman Daniela Bandera, Ewmd Italia's Vice Chairwoman Renata Pelati, Ewmd Roma's Chairwoman Fulvia Astolfi, Ewmd Verona's Chairwoman Daniela Ballarini and the head of national communications and pr Paola d'Orsi – a member of Ewmd Roma, with the technical support of Paola Manfroni – a member of Ewmd Roma for the graphic part and Francesca Bazzani – Member of EWMD Verona and Head of EWMD Italia's website. A group of women who, thanks to their sound personal and professional experience, decided to act in a clear and concrete way to promote gender equality in favor of a greater inclusion of women in the world of public events, and to create a permanent observatory. This is how the #equalpanel Programme was born: 10 guidelines or moral commitments to be applied to the organization of speakers' panels. Ewmd Italia is willing to significantly increase, in a sustainable way, women's representation at top positions in Italy, identifying innovative approaches in the organizations' management and spreading good practice to achieve real gender equality.
The Programme's objective is inviting enterprises, institutions, associations, public administrations and all stakeholders to join a Pact for Gender Equality in Conferences', seminars' and scientific events' panels (#equalpanel), asking speakers and citizens to support it. Indeed, in Italy and in Europe, too many high profile conferences and events lack balance in terms of women representation, more specifically in the main panels. The absence of women in public events offers only one perspective to participants. The absence of diversity in the debate adversely affects quality of the confrontation. When the available role models are male, the absence of women perpetuates the absence of women. The project has as its objective the transmission of different views and the request to introduce the attached guidelines (#equalpanel) in the organizations, so as to ensure a fair women representation on each occasion. An opportunity to improve represents an opportunity for the country's growth. In that spirit   we kindly ask you to endorse Ewmd Italia's Programme. On 14 October the national event "phygital" will be held in Verona with the National Chairwomen's participation and with  writer Nadia Busato as moderator. The new Business Center Palazzo Camozzini will host the event.