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Gender equality: Can we achieve it in old-age pensions?

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion


Gender equality: Can we achieve it in old-age pensions?

MIGAPE Final Conference


In the EU, men generally receive a 30% higher pension than women. In some member states this Gender Pension Gap is even substantially higher.

Over the past two years the MIGAPE (Mind the Gap in Pensions) project has assessed how interactions between broad gender differences in the labour market and features of pension systems affect the gender pension gap. We focused on care responsibilities and activities.

The conference will showcase results from the project and stimulate discussion.

Addressing the gender pension gap straddles several themes within the European Pillar of Social Rights initiative, including gender equalityold age income and pensionschildcare and long-term care. Against this overarching background, the conference also comes in the context of the European Commission’s Gender Equality strategy 2020-2025 published in March 2020, and the forthcoming reports in 2021 on the economic impact of ageing (the Ageing Report) and pension adequacy (the Pension Adequacy Report). Importantly, we will engage with social partners.


MIGAPE is co-funded by the Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union (2014-2020) via Grant Agreement no. 820798.

Speakers list
Helena Dalli

EU Commissioner for Equality, European Commission

Janez Cigler Kralj (video message)

Minister of Labour, Family, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities, Slovenia

Mikkel Barslund,

Head of Ageing Societies Programme, CEPS

Nataša Kump

Institute for Economic Research, Slovenia

Gijs Dekkers

Senior Policy Advisor, Federal Planning Bureau, Belgium

Vera Hoorens

Professor of Psychology, KU Leuven

Hervé Boulhol

Senior Economist, OECD

Anne-Sophie Parent

former Secretary-General of AGE Platform

Jolanta Reingarde

Senior Researcher, European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE)

Celien Vanmoerkerke

Deputy Chief of Cabinet, Belgian Minister of Pension

Anna Kwiatkiewicz-Mory

Advisor, Business Europe

Agnieszka Piasna

Senior Researcher, ETUI

Elsa Fornero

Former Italian Minister of Social Affairs and Pensions, Professor of Economics, University of Turin