European Development Days: the Cultural Dimension of Development


5 June 2018, 9:30
6 June 2018, 10:45

The European Development Days 2018 will take place next 5 and 6 June in Brussels, Belgium.

More Europe – external cultural relations is happy to an associated partner for two discussions on the role of women in development and in the fields of Culture and Creative Industries.

For its twelfth edition, Europe’s leading forum on development will aim to bring together the European Union’s commitment to gender equality and women empowerment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Gender equality and women empowerment are at the core of European values and enshrined within the EU’s legal and political framework. This is why the event will focus on the vital role of women and the need for their full and equal participation and leadership in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

In the last decades important achievements and analyses have been carried out by various organisations on the role of women in cultural practices and creative expressions, including in developing countries. Building on those analyses and on field case studies, a debate with various stakeholders, including high-level officials will be organised to identify the ground for increased synergies between gender and cultural strategies in development policies. For this purpose, there will also be a draft of a joint declaration, including a set of key recommendations.

Those recommendations will be discussed during two events:


Culture for development: Women as agents of change

Fostering gender equality in culture and development


Cultural Heritage and Creativity through Women’s Lens

How to empower women and girls and ensure their active participation in society? Lessons and perspectives from cultural heritage and creative initiatives.


Stefano Manservisi, Director General of European Commission for International Cooperation and Development (DG DEVCO)
Sylvie Durán, Minister of Culture in Costa Rica
Abel Prieto, Minister of Culture in Cuba