EU-Ukraine Relations and Gender Equality

By: Liliia Antoniuk, Doctoral Researcher, University of Helsinki

On 25-26 May 2023, the European Politics, Equality, and Democracy” conference organized by the EUGenDem project will take place in Helsinki, Finland. One of its panel discussions addresses the issue of gender equality in Ukraine in the context of European integration. Thus, this blog aims to provide a broader perspective on the issue and to explain the contextual background.


Read the full text by Liliia Antoniuk here

Seminar on Researching the European Union:  Regulating the digital economy in the EU 

Centre for European Studies (CES) and Erik Castrén Institute (ECI), University of Helsinki

When? 11 May 2023, 10.00-11.30 

Where? Location: Unioninkatu 33, Meeting room: 247 

Regulating the digital economy in the EU 

We are delighted to welcome you to the fourth Seminar on Researching the European Union. The two talks focus on regulating the digital economy in the European Union. The aim of the seminar series is to present and debate recent research on the EU coming from the University of Helsinki and beyond. The seminar series continues in the autumn of 2023, stay tuned!

Chair: Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki)


Sam Wrigley, Miikka Hiltunen, and Päivi Leino-Sandberg (University of Helsinki): “My name is and I approve this message”: Regulating automated and targeted political adverting in EU law  

Matti Ylönenand Maija Mattila (University of Helsinki): “Big tech and the EU: Mapping the advocacy strategies of gatekeeper companies in Brussels

Seminar on Researching the European Union: European Union’s economic governance

17 April 2023, 14.00-15.30 (EEST in Helsinki, which is 13.00-14.30 CEST in Brussels)

Location: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Law, Room: P668

Welcome to join us for the third Seminar on Researching the European Union. The aim of the seminar series is to present and debate recent research on the EU coming from the University of Helsinki and beyond. This third session presents research from the Norface-funded SEPAROPE project and the European Research Council funded EUGenDem project on European Union’s economic governance.

ChairJohanna Kantola (University of Helsinki)


Markus Ojala (University of Helsinki): Return of the Living Dead? Encounters with “market discipline” in the eurozone

Barbara Gaweda (University of Helsinki): Looking for the ‘social’ in the European Semester: European Parliament and the ‘socialization’ of the European Semester (co-authored with Anna Elomäki, Tampere University)

Päivi Leino-Sandberg and Antti Ronkainen (University of Helsinki): House always wins! An empirical study of the ECJ case law on EMU 2010-2020

The seminar series is organised jointly by the Centre for European Studies (CES) and Erik Castrén Institute (ECI) in the University of Helsinki.

Please register for the event here.


Seminar on Researching the European Union: Professor Anu Bradford

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Welcome to the second Seminar on Researching the European Union – online!

We are excited to welcome Professor Anu Bradford (Columbia Law School) to give a talk on Europe’s Digital Constitution in the seminar.

Anu Bradford is the author of the The Brussels Effect: How the European Union Rules the World (Oxford University Press, 2020), named one of the best books of 2020 by Foreign Affairs. Her forthcoming book is titled “Digital Empires: The Global Battle to Regulate Technology” (Oxford University Press) and her talk in our seminar will focus on EU’s regulatory power in the field.

15thMarch 2023

16.00-17.00 EET in Helsinki (which is 15.00-16.00 CET in Brussels)



Johanna Kantola and Päivi Leino-Sandberg (University of Helsinki): Welcome and introductions

Anu Bradford (Columbia Law School): “Europe’s Digital Constitution”

Jan Klabbers (University of Helsinki): Discussant’s comments

Please register through this link. Zoom link will be provided to all participants by Research Assistant Säde Kunnas closer to the event. In case of questions, please contact

International Workshop: Gendering Multi-Level Parliamentary Democracy

Parliaments are gendered spaces but what does this mean? Feminist academics have explored parliaments at multiple geographic levels as gendered workplaces and policy making spaces and how privileges and exclusions in formal and informal rules of the game affect key democratic and parliamentary functions, such as representation, oversight and deliberation.

The Scottish Parliament and European Parliament have much in common: they are both ‘new’ parliaments; parliaments where committees play a significant role in parliamentary life; both are sites of constitutional feminist activism and share normative ends of ‘new politics’ – notably in the Scottish Parliament in the form of consensus-building and ‘power-sharing’ with citizens and similar concerns in the European Parliament. At the same time, both are largely white, ableist and heteronormative institutions, are gendered workplaces, sites of violence, have uneven opportunities for advancing feminist politics and differing policy outcomes for women. Moreover, one is a supra-national institution, one a devolved parliament with concomitant challenges and opportunities.

This multi-disciplinary workshop investigates parliaments at multiple levels as gendered workplaces and gendered sites of policymaking. Topics discussed include the process of conducting a gender audit in the Scottish Parliament; parliamentary leadership in the Scottish Parliament; feminist politics and institutional racism and normative whiteness in the European Parliament.

The workshop ends with a high-level roundtable of parliamentarians who will discuss gender+ in relation to their parliamentary duties.

Participants will convene around questions such as: how might the parliaments still be gendered workplaces and policy-making spaces; what are the unique possibilities and challenges for advancing feminist politics through parliaments at multiple levels; what are the policy-making relationships with executive institutions? How do relations of formality and informality affect gender relations in the parliament? Finally, what is the broader legal and policy context regarding women and decision-making that parliaments operate within and reproduce?

The outcome of this workshop is to open research avenues and forge collaborations and dialogue between (inter)national researchers and practitioners about the potentials and challenges of parliamentary fora at multiple levels for advancing and embodying gender equality.


Opening: Dr Cherry Miller (University of Glasgow) 09.00-09.15

Panel 1: The Scottish Parliament 09.15 – 10.45

Dr Meryl Kenny (University of Edinburgh): Presentation on Gender-Sensitive Parliaments

Dr Fiona McKay (University of Strathclyde): ‘Engendering institutional equality: a gender sensitive audit of the Scottish Parliament’

Dr Jenny Morrison (University of Glasgow): ‘Assessing Feminist Institutionalism in Devolution Era Scotland’

Laura Shaw (Doctoral Researcher, University of Glasgow ): ‘Care as Leadership Capital: Gender and Political Leadership in the Scottish Parliament’

Coffee Break 10.45-11.15

Panel 2: European Parliament 11.15-12.45

Dr Valentine Berthet (University of Helsinki) ‘Feminist Politics in the European Parliament’s Political Groups’. Co-authored with Petra Ahrens (Tampere University), Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki), Cherry Miller (University of Glasgow).

Dr Barbara Gaweda (University of Helsinki): ‘It’s like shouting to a brick wall: Normative whiteness and racism in the European Parliament’ . Co-authored with Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki); Anna Elomäki (Tampere University), Cherry Miller (University of Glasgow), Valentine Berthet (University of Helsinki); Petra Ahrens (Tampere University).

Professor Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki): ‘Feminist institutional responses to anti-gender politics in parliamentary contexts. Co-authored with Emanuela Lombardo (Complutense University of Madrid)

Lunch 12.45- 14.00

Panel 3: High-Level Parliamentarian Roundtable 14.00- 15.30

Elspeth Attwooll (MEP, Lib Dem, Scotland 1999-2009)

Pam Duncan-Glancy (MSP, Lab, Glasgow region, 2021-)

Kaukab Stewart (MSP, SNP, Glasgow Kelvin, 2021-)

Julie Ward (MEP, Lab, North West, 2014-2020)


This is a hybrid event. To attend in person at the University of Glasgow Advanced Research Centre register via the Eventbrite link: ‘Reserve a Spot’ – General Admission

To attend online, please register here:

University of Glasgow website

EUGenDem final event in the European Parliament

In the final year of our project, we will be organizing an event presenting our project findings to policymakers and stakeholders in Brussels.

‘Gender equality in the political groups: Pushing the agenda forward’

7 February 2023, 9.30-11.00
European Parliament, Brussels, Belgium
Organized by the EUGenDem research project , University of Helsinki, Finland and Maria Noichl, MEP

EUGenDem is a major European Research Council funded research project which provides a systematic analysis of the gendered policies and practices of the political groups in the European Parliament. It addresses crucial questions about the gender and democracy in European party politics. The research and analysis conducted led to over 70 scientific publications so far.

9.30-9.40  Opening

Professor Johanna Kantola, University of Helsinki
Maria Noichl, MEP, S&D

9.40-10.20 Presentations: Key findings on gender equality in the political groups

Professor Johanna Kantola: Where do we stand now on gender equality in political groups?
Dr Anna Elomäki: Making room for gender equality in political group policymaking
Dr Valentine Berthet: Tackling the oppositions to gender equality
Dr Barbara Gaweda: Putting anti-racism and intersectionality on the

10.20-11.00 High-level Roundtable: Debating gender equality in the political groups

Moderators: Dr Petra Ahrens and Dr Cherry Miller

Maria Noichl, MEP, S&D
Kira Marie Peter-Hansen, MEP, Greens/EFA
Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP, EPP
Samira Rafaela, MEP, Renew
Dr Costanza Hermanin, European University Institute (EUI), Italy

If you would like to join us, please register by contacting by January 30th.



EUGenDem moves to the University of Helsinki in 2023

EUGenDem and its project team move to the University of Helsinki as of January 2023.

We will be continuing our academic work at the University of Helsinki in the final year of the project at the Centre for European Studies. We are looking forward to great new opportunities for research and networking.

In 2023, we will be organizing two final events.

First, we organise the event ‘Gender equality in the political groups: Pushing the agenda forwardin the European Parliament in Brussels 7 February 2023 in co-operation with MEP Maria Noichl (S&D). The event is targeted for policy-makers and political stakeholders. In addition to EUGenDem project finding presentations, it includes a roundtable with participation from Maria Noichl, MEP, S&D; Kira Marie Peter-Hansen, MEP, Greens/EFA; Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP, EPP; Samira Rafaela, MEP, Renew; and Dr Costanza Hermanin, European University Institute (EUI), Italy.

Second, we organise a final EUGenDem conference ‘European Politics, Equality, and Democracy on 25-26 May 2023 in Helsinki.

The conference will feature two keynote sessions: Challenges to European democracy and integration with Natasha Wunsch (Sciences Po, CEE & ETH Zurich) and Elżbieta Korolczuk (Södertörn University and University of Warsaw) and European Parliament in turbulent times with Nathalie Brack (UL Brussels) and Johanna Kantola (University of Helsinki).

We will also have four plenary panels with: Jennifer Piscopo (Occidental College), Akwugo Emejulu (University of Warwick), Georgina Waylen (University of Manchester), Laura Landorff (Lund University), Ben Crum (VU Amsterdam), Stefanie Wöhl (University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna), Paul Copeland (Queen Mary University of London), Anna Elomäki (Tampere University), Iyiola Solanke (University of Leeds), Petra Ahrens (Tampere University), Amandine Le Bellec (Sciences Po Paris), Serena D’Agostino (VU Brussels), Nadia Brown (Georgetown University), Jonathan Chibois (Laboratory of Political Anthropology, EHESS, CNRS), Cherry Miller (University of Glasgow), Sandrine Roginsky (Catholic University Louvain).

We will also organize a number of parallel panel sessions and would like to invite everyone interested to apply.

The CfP is now open! For more details, please follow the conference website.

For our past activities, please visit our Tampere University website here.