Politics is a "man's world": although the share of women in parliaments worldwide has almost doubled since 1995, women still make up less than a quarter of all parliamentarians and less than 10% of government positions in 2016.
We wanted to discuss this topic with young women who want to gain a foothold in the political arena. By involving politicians, think-tankers, activists, public affairs representatives and companies we wanted to speak openly and honestly about the hurdles women still face today and how they manage to overcome them. Through our workshops, we wanted to contribute to building a world where the share of women in politics finally reflects the share of women in society.
In concrete terms, that translated into a world-cafe format event, where six female experts working in politics (and related fields) spoke and debated with 40 young participants in small groups over almost two hours. The world-cafe format ensured that everyone had the opportunity to speak to all experts in an intimate setting, allowing for lots of questions, openness and idea exchange.
The event took place on 13 June 2017 and was organized as a cooperation between Europawissenschaften Berlin and ‚mentor me‘, a social start up focussing on promoting and empowering young women in politics. Feedback received for the event was positive across the board, from both participants and experts.
In the group picture, from left to right:
Kassandra Becker (COO bei Polis 180), Maren Jasper-Winter (MdA für die FDP), Annika Klose (Landes-Vorsitzende der JuSos Berlin), Alexandra Ortloff (Account Director bei Weber Shandwick), Katrin Dussan (MentorMe), Isabella Neisinger (Legationsrätin für Internationale Ordnung im Auswärtigen Amt), Sophie Drescher (Europawissenschaften Berlin), Constanze Osei-Becker (Public Affairs Managerin Facebook Deutschland), Victoria Backhaus (Europawissenschaften Berlin), Karin Heinzl (Geschäftsführerin MentorMe), Lina Carnap (Europawissenschaften Berlin), Dara Spieß (MentorMe).