About the Network
The ALDE Party Gender Equality Network campaigns for gender equality and the promotion of women´s rights in all spheres of public and private life.
The ALDE Party Gender Equality Network believes that all genders should fully participate as equals in economic, social and political life and wants to see more women in politics at all levels. To this end, the ALDE Party Gender Equality Network works to strengthen the relationships and sharing of information between liberals across Europe. We strongly believe that liberalism is at the core of gender equality.
The objectives of the ALDE Party Gender Equality Network are:
- To support the formulation and implementation of gender equality policies within the member parties, EU member states, the European Parliament and the European Commission.
- To attract more women to be active members of liberal parties across Europe and help and encourage them to reach their potential within the party.
- To support the participation of women in the public sphere of the European Union.
Flo Clucas OBE, President
Liberal Democrats (LibDems), United Kingdom
Flo Clucas O.B.E. has been the ALDE Party Gender Equality Network (GEN) president since 2012. Clucas worked in education for 20 years. Elected to Liverpool City Council in 1986, she became the Opposition Spokesperson first for Education, then Deputy Leader of the Opposition. She was president of the ALDE Group in the Committee of the Regions from 2008 to 2012 and a Liberal Democrat City Councillor for Liverpool from 1986 to 2012. She was the first president of the Womens’ International Centre for Economic Development. She was elected to Cheltenham Council (UK) in 2014.
Anna Jungner-Nordgren, Vice President
Svenska Folkpartiet (SFP), Finland
Anna Jungner-Nordgren has been Vice President of the ALDE Party Gen since November 2012. She serves as President of Svenska Kvinnoförbundet, the women’s organisation of the Swedish People’s Party in Finland. She works as Public Relations Secretary at the Swedish Assembly of Finland. She is an elected member of SFP’s Party Council and a member of SFP's International Committee and of Våldsobervatoriet, a network of women’s organisations focused on violence against women. She is a member of the board in the Finnish association Women in Europe.
Mireia Canals, Vice President
Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC), Catalonia, Spain
Mireia Canals has been a member of the Catalan Parliament since November 2010 and the Party’s spokesperson on the Foreign Affairs and Universities and Research Committees. She is the President of the European and International Working Committee of the Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya (CDC) and is an active researcher in Gender and Social Studies at the University of Vic, Catalonia. Before being elected as an MP, she was a professor at the University of Vic and at the University of Barcelona.
The members ALDE Party Gender Equality Network (ALDE GEN) Steering Committee were elected during the ALDE Party Congress in Budapest, in November 2015. The President of the network, Flo Clucas, was re-elected for a second mandate during the 35 ALDE Party Congress, held in Lisbon between the 20 and 22 November 2015.
ALDE Party Gender Equality Network welcomes the particpation of men in our work. As a result of this, we will be inviting a number of our supporters to join the Bureau as Advisors and will also be setting up an Advisory group of men and women.
There is a lot of work to be done, and ALDE GEN welcomes input from all our members and member parties. If we believe we can make a difference, we will change lives, communities and countries for the better.
The network is assisted by the ALDE Party Secretariat in Brussels.
Coordinator: Laura Laussade +32 2 2370146 firstname.lastname@example.org