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ENWE is taking its First Step to the Top


What does the media gender gap in Europe look like? How to obtain a fairer, more accurate and diverse representation of women? How to include more women experts in the news? And how to raise awareness and support gender equality?

After a year and a half since its launch, ENWE – European Network for Women Excellence is coming to an important step in its path of advocacy with its First Step to the Top event, taking place both in-person, in Milan, and in live-streaming on the ENWE website, on Thursday, December 2, to discuss challenges and strategies for a more gender-balanced information.

ENWE – European Network for Women Excellence
in collaboration with GiULiA and cheFare 


ENWE: First Step To The Top
The European network of women experts’ databases is growing

Thursday, December 2, 2021
from 9.30am to 6pm

Hybrid event (in-person and online)

ANCI Headquarter
Via Rovello, 2

Afternoon sessions will be live-streamed with simultaneous translation in Italian and English languages.

The day program includes three different sessions: in the morning, there will be a course for Italian journalists, focused on the results of the 2020 Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP), the world’s longest-running and most extensive study on gender in the news media. In the afternoon, two panels (available in live-streaming) will see the participation of representatives of some of the leading European associations working to promote women’s visibility in the media, together with Italian and foreign professionals and journalists. The discussion aims to learn more about the different European players and develop a new common operational and communication strategy.

The event comes at the end of the first part of ENWE’s advocacy journey, launched in the summer of 2019 and funded by the Open Society FoundationsOpen Society Initiative for Europe.

Book your place at this link.
Admission to the event is free, but advance booking and a valid Green Pass are required.

If you can’t join us in Milan, join our live-streaming online.

ENWE: First Step To The Top
The European network of women experts’ databases is growing


9.30AM – 12.30PM SESSION

Women in European media: from the results of the Global Media Monitoring Project (GMMP) to strategies for a new and more accurate communication

The GMMP, the longest-running and broadest research on women’s media presence worldwide, presented the results of the 2020 edition. From a detailed reading of European and Italian data, a partial and mortifying image of women emerges. How to obtain a fairer and more accurate representation? How to include more diverse and competent female figures?


Claudia Padovani, GMMP national coordinator for Italy;
Monia Azzalini, GMMP national coordinator for Italy;
Paola Barretta, Carta di Roma coordinator, co-author of the Voci Senza Frontiere project

Moderated by Paola Rizzi, journalist

The event has already reached the maximum number of registered participants.


Reaching gender equality: where we are and what to do

Opening remarks by

Silvia Garambois, President, GiULiA Association
Federica Vittori, Projects and Empowerment Manager, cheFare

An international panel to present and discuss:

  • latest data from the Gender Media Monitoring Project;
  • challenges and helpful strategies to include more women experts in the news;
  • women experts’ experiences with being part of a database from the ENWE network.


Daniele Manca, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Corriere della Sera, Italy;
Agnese Pini, Editor-in-Chief, La Nazione, Italy;
Karen Ross, Professor of Gender and Media at Newcastle University, UK, GMMP regional coordinator for Europe, and ENWE Ambassador;
Natascha Fioretti, Journalist, Switzerland;
Paola Profeta, Full Professor of Public Economics, Department of Social and Political Sciences, Bocconi University, Italy.

Moderated by Maria Luisa Villa, journalist and ENWE co-founder


How to promote a European network for women excellence

An international panel to discuss:

  • raising awareness and support for gender equality as an advocacy organization;
  • advocates’ experiences with running women experts’ databases;
  • how to best communicate advocacy projects and initiatives.


  • Julia Heres Garcia, project manager of the Gender Expertes (Representative for Les Expertes database);
  • Simona Isler, Head of Gender Equality in Research Funding at the Swiss National Science Foundation (Representative for AcademiaNet database);
  • Violeta Tena, Vice-president of Unió de Periodistes and promoter of Agenda d’Expertes database;
  • Nicoletta Vittadini, Associate Professor of Sociology of culture and communication, Catholic University of Milan.

Moderated by Luisella Seveso, Journalist, ENWE Co-founder, GiULiA member (Representative for 100esperte database).

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