Government Equalities Office: Visits Abroad

Women and Equalities written question – answered on 9th March 2018.

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Photo of Kate Osamor Kate Osamor Shadow Secretary of State for International Development

To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, what overseas visits officials in the Government Equalities Office have undertaken in 2017; how many officials took part in each such visit; and what the (a) cost, (b) purpose and (c) outcome of each such trip was.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The table below sets out the overseas visits that GEO officials undertook in 2017, together with the number travelling, the purpose and outcome and the cost:

Visit

Number of officials

Purpose

Outcome

Total Cost (£)

UNI-FORM Conference and ILGA-Europe Seminar on Hate Crime, Brussels, Belgium

1

Attendance at UNI-FORM project conference and ILGA-Europe seminar on hate crime

Launch new hate crime reporting website and app; identify and develop good practice on tackling anti-LGBT hate crime; showcase UK good practice

Paid for by hosts

EU High Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming Tallinn, Estonia

1

Attendance at High Level Group on gender mainstreaming

Update provided on UK progress on ratification of Istanbul Convention. Networks built with others doing equivalent role across EU. Knowledge sharing from EIGE on STEM challenges for girls across Europe

422

EU seminar on sexual harassment, Copenhagen, Denmark

1

Attendance at the EU Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality: Tackling sexual harassment

Exchange information, knowledge and good practice on tackling sexual harassment

114

UN Commission on the Status of Women, New York, USA

4

Attendance at the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Negotiated strong outcome documents, shared UK good practice, collaborated with international partners

17,784

Annual high-level conference on LGBTI issues, Valletta, Malta

1

Attendance at conference on LGBTI issues

Exchange information, knowledge and good practice on LGBT policy with particular emphasis on intersex and gender recognition systems.

Paid for by hosts

LGBTI European Focal Points Network Meeting, Brussels, Belgium

1

Attendance at LGBTI European Focal Points Network Meeting

Exchange information, knowledge and good practice on LGBT policy, including UK presentation on our HBT bullying programme.

145

LGBTI European Focal Points Network Meeting, Slovenia

1

LGBTI European Focal Points Network Meeting

Exchange information, knowledge and good practice on LGBT policy

145

UN General Assembly, New York, USA

1

Support the Foreign Secretary at the Bloomberg global business forum while he chaired a meeting on gender equality

Successful meeting and networks built between GEO and senior business leaders.

996

Research and UK / Canada Partnership on Gender Equality, New York, Boston and Ottawa, US and Canada

4

Building relationship with US and Canadian authorities to promote gender equality

Launched a partnership with the US on STEM; a collaboration with Harvard to work together on a research programme and the UK/Canada working group on gender equality

10,655

Council of Europe drafting committee, Paris, France

2

Attendance at a Council of Europe drafting committee

Promote UK objectives in relation to draft text.

473

Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission, Strasbourg, France

1

Attendance at the Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission

Identify and agree gender priorities for the Council of Europe, monitor progress on delivering the CoE gender equality strategy and showcase UK good practice

Paid for by hosts

Council of Europe drafting committee, Paris, France

1

Attendance at a Council of Europe drafting committee

Promote UK objectives in relation to draft text

Paid for by hosts

Council of Europe - Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue, Strasbourg, France

1

Attendance at the Council of Europe Exchange on the religious dimension of intercultural dialogue

Represent UK as Vice Chair of the CoE Gender Equality Commission

Paid for by hosts

Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission, Prague, Czech Republic

1

Attendance at the Council of Europe Gender Equality Commission

Identify and agree gender priorities for the Council of Europe, monitor progress on delivering the CoE gender equality strategy and showcase UK good practice

73

EU Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights, Brussels, Belgium

1

Attendance at the EU Annual Colloquium on Fundamental Rights

Contribute to analysis of theme “women's rights in turbulent times”

215

European Commission Seminar on LGBT bullying, Lisbon, Portugal

1

Presenting on the UK’s anti-homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying programme

Sharing best practice from the UK on interventions to reduce homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying with other countries; learning from other countries about their own approaches

Paid for by hosts

G7 Ministerial Meeting on Gender Equality, Taormina, Italy

2

Represent the UK in discussions on G7 action on gender equality and supporting FCO Special Envoy for Gender Equality deputising for the HMG Ministers

Presented the UK position on a number of areas relevant to gender equality and promoted UK priorities; strengthened bilateral collaboration with other G7 members; and negotiated and agreed Ministerial statement on the meeting, setting out G7 priorities on gender equality

809

Expert meeting on the economic independence of women, The Hague, Netherlands

1

Sharing research on the best practice and helping women of childbearing age balance childcare and work responsibilities

Improved understanding on the latest research and a deeper understanding of interventions used in other countries including what works and what doesn’t

Paid for by hosts

EU High Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming, Valetta, Malta

2

Attendance at the bi-annual EU High Level Group on Gender Mainstreaming with former Deputy Director

Showcase UK good practice on gender equality and agree priorities which support the Presidency’s gender equality objectives

1,131

EU High Level Group on non-discrimination, equality and diversity, Brussels, Belgium

1

Attendance at the bi-annual EU High Level Group on non-discrimination, equality and diversity

Strengthen cooperation and coordination between Member States’ relevant authorities and the Commission on eliminating discrimination. Exchange good practice on achieving diversity and full equality

90

Women’s Political Leadership Summit, Reykjavic, Iceland

2

Understand international perspectives on women’s political representation, as well as global agreement on ways forward

Informed further discussions with parliamentarians in the UK, particularly on non-legislative approaches to increasing women’s political representation. Further understanding of real women’s experiences of gender equality in Iceland

1,203

Technical meeting on advancing gender equality in international fora Brussels, Belgium

1

Discuss ways of working better with other EU Member States and EU institutions to promote gender equality in international fora, primarily the United Nations

Identified areas where EU action needs to be better coordinated and more coherent and discussed possible ways to improve EU impact at the United Nations

24

GEO overseas visits (Word Document, 46 KB)

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