Thursday 2 March 2023 - Friday 3 March 2023

#ProgressivesSpeakUp: School of young local and regional politicians | Valencia

#ProgressivesSpeakUp: School of young local and regional politicians | Valencia

15.00 - 21.30
School for young local leaders
Palacio de la Exposición Carrer de Galícia, 3 46010 Valencia
from: English
Young local leaders

The event will take place on 2 and 3 March 2023

Young people are the future, so it is high time they were empowered to become the protagonists of the change that Europe needs. Their courage and enthusiasm are needed to implement a new way to do politics, and there is no better place to start than at local and regional level.

The “#ProgressivesSpeakUp: School of young local and regional politicians” reaches its fourth edition!

Together with the Socialists Group in the Valencia Regional Parliament, the PSOE Group of the city of ValenciaYoung European Socialists (YES), the Party of European Socialists (PES), PES Women, the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the S&D Group in the European Parliament, the PES Group in the European Committee of the Regions is proud to host the fourth edition of our School of Young Elected Politicians, a training for young people coming from all over Europe, elected at the local or regional level, who have the ambition to make progressive change happen in their respective communities.

A Europe for women!

The pandemic has further exacerbated gender inequalities, with many women becoming full-time home carers and educators while providing the majority of essential services outside the home.

At the same time, incidents of domestic violence rose dramatically during the lockdowns. The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) highlights in its Gender Equality Index 2022 that the EU's 2022 score is still far behind acceptable figures.

This year’s School will focus on a key battle of the progressives: ending gender inequality and violence against women.

Young progressive locally and regionally elected politicians can make a difference when it comes to designing and implementing effective gender equality measures, thus contributing to a feminist vision of the European Union that safeguards achievements so far and pushes for faster progress in gender equality. They have also a role to play in the fight against gender-based violence as much of their work has a direct gender impact.

The programme

This year’s School will take place in Valencia from Thursday 2 March to Friday 3 March, before the PES Group conference

The format of the School will be very interactive and innovative: a participatory lab!

Participants will join three discussion tables of their choice where they will learn from the exchange of good practices, with the help of expert speakers and a facilitator. 

Applicants will choose the most relevant topics (related to gender inequality or violence against women) to be addressed during the participatory lab, which will be divided into three sessions, each accommodating two parallel tables. Selected participants will choose which of the two tables to attend in each session. 

Eligibility rules

To be eligible for the School, it is compulsory to meet the following criteria:

  • EU nationality is mandatory
  • Participants must be elected at the local or regional level, or be an official candidate for the next local or regional elections  
  • The age limit of the participants is 40 years
  • Participants are expected to to attend all sessions of the programme, from the afternoon of Thursday 2 March to the evening of Friday 3 March
  • good level of English is required 

The study visit and the PES Group meeting

As part of the programme, the participatory lab will be followed by a study visit by bike in Valencia organised by PES (more info to come) and the PES Group meeting public event. Have a look at the programme here.


The PES Group will select and cover the participation costs of 25 participants.


Check out the past editions of our School of young local and regional politicians

2019 - First edition @ Brussels, Belgium

2021 - Second edition @ Seville, Spain

2022 - Third edition @ Reggio Emilia, Italy




Thursday, 2 March 2023

14:00 – 15:00
Political communication training!

  • Introduction: Are you up to date?
  • Creating: It's time to get started

15:00 – 15:25
Opening of the school

  • Sandra Gómez, Vice-Mayor of Valencia
  • Christophe Rouillon, President of the PES Group in the Committee of the Regions and Mayor of Coulaines, France

15:25 – 15:30
Family picture

15:30 – 17:30

First session (parallel Labs)

Table 1: The gender pay gap at work: time for equality

Table 2: Ending domestic violence

17:30 – 18:00

Speed dating – networking! 

18:00 – 20:00

Second session

Table 1: Gendering mobility

Table 2: Education & campaigns: raising awareness to end violence against women

20:00 – 23:00

Dinner & social event by PES & YES 
Dynamic session by PES & YES: “Step Up Your Creativity: from the Lab into Art”
Introduction by Yonnec Polet, PES Deputy Secretary General

Friday, 3 March 2023

10:00 – 11:40
Third session

Table 1: Women feeling the welfare gap

Table 2: Why it is important that women are involved at all levels of decision-making

11:45 – 12:00
Closing remarks

  • Alicia Homs Ginel, YES President and Member of the European Parliament
  • Katarina Barley, PES Executive-Vice President and Vice-President of the European Parliament

12:15– 15:30
Bike ride and lunch by PES & YES
"Cycling along the green lungs, history and development of Valencia” (including lunch)


16:00 – 20:00
PES Group conference "It's women's time! Ending gender inequality and violence in every place"

20:00– 22:00
Official reception

22:00 – onwards
Upper Club (Gran Via del Marqués del Túria, 40, 46005 València)