Inštitút NAPS - Women in charge 2
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The Second International Round Table on Women’s Status in Today Society was held on Friday 9th of November 2012 on the academic soil at the Matej Bel University (UMB) in Banská Bystrica. The event was organized by NAPS Institute in cooperation with the Matej Bel University and Banská Bystrica Self-Governing Region.
The invitation to become main debaters was accepted by:

Her Excellency Mrs. Katalin Szili,
Speaker of the National Assembly of Hungary 2002 – 2009,

Mrs. Jana Laššáková
Deputy Speaker of the National Council of the Slovak Republic,

Her Excellency Mrs. Daphne Bergsma
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary
of Her Majesty Queen Beatrix to the Slovak Republic,

Mrs. Katarína Neveďalová
The youngest MP of the European Parliament from the Central Europe.
After the opening speech of the rector of MBU prof. Beata Kosová, who was delighted to have again the event at the University under the Mount Urpín, the NAPS founder Peter Solej highlighted in his speech addressed to 170 participants the fact, that the issue of women’s status in society is one of the top themes among current social issues. And thus has become together with other activities in the field of education, culture and dialogue deepening among nations one of the key activities of NAPS Institute.
The first part of the round table discussion was dominated by four main debaters. H. E. Mrs. Katalin Szili being in top politics for more than 20 years shad light on the situation in Hungary, especially in the Hungarian Parliament. Mrs. Jana Laššáková provided the audience also with interesting statistics on women in Slovak Parliament and Government. Her Excellency Mrs. Daphne Bergsma, Royal Dutch Ambassador spoke about the recommended wider global female representation in managing positions. The youngest MP of the European Parliament Mrs. Katarína Neveďalová gave the audience an insight into the issue enriching it by her own observations and recommendations.

The inspiring discussion focused on gender equality, and the hot subject of quotas introduction into organizations and companies, and as a result swirling the discussion whether we need positive discrimination. The debaters expressed their pros and cons, so the outcome has remained ambiguous. However, we can say the debaters have met somewhere half way through.
The event has been also attended by representatives from local and regional administration as well as several diplomats: the Ambassador of Brazil – H. E. Mrs. Susan Kleebank, the Ambassador of Romania H. E. Mr. Florin Vodita, and Diplomats from Russian and Swiss Embassies. The event has been hosted by the popular Slovak MC and TV presenter Mrs. Jarmila Lajčáková Hargašová.
At the end of the conference the four key debaters had been awarded the University Memorial Letters by the Rector of MBU prof. Beata Kosová. The Letters of Thanks by NAPS were received by the ladies during the gala dinner held on the eve of the round table hosted by NAPS founder Peter Solej.
The very end of the event belonged to the reception at the premises of MBU hosted by the President of Banská Bystrica Self-Governing Region, Mr. Vladimír Maňka. The President has also received the main debaters and organizers at the Office of Self-Governing Region.
Partners of the event:

Marco Mirelli,

OTP Banka Slovensko,

Hotel Kaskády.