On 4-14 September 2014, Minsk hosted the 2-nd European Intercultural Festival, the international forum that brought together experts and guests from different EU and EaP countries to share their knowledge and cultural heritage with the Belarusian audience. Among them, the Finnish expert on gender issues - Carita Peltonen, who delivered two brilliant lectures. For your attention we offer the presentation of the first lecture by Carita 'Is the Nordic Countries a Paradise for Women? And What about the Men' followed by her comments. Please enjoy.

A public lecture "The Role of Advertising in Creating the Image of Men and Women: a Mirror or a Conveyor?" by a Belarusian expert Iryna Alkhouka took place on October 30. The lecture was organised by the Office for a Democratic Belarus as part of the Belarus-EU Programme supported by SIDA. The event united researchers, marketers, sociologists, students and others interested in one of the most widely discussed topics: how control is executed today over gender offensive advertising.

On 3 November, a delegation of the Magna Charta Universitatum Observatory visited Belarus for the first time. At the meeting, which brought together representatives of Belarusian universities and the Ministry of Education of Belarus, members of the Observatory Council presented potential applications of the Magna Charta Universitatum to foster the integration of Belarus into the international system of higher education. The event was organised by the Office for a Democratic Belarus (Brussels, Belgium) in partnership with the National Institute for Higher Education (Minsk, Belarus) as part of the Belarus-EU Task Force programme supported by the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

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