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  • ​Work-Life Balance - 03.05.2016

    Survey: CEMR is to develop a common European position for towns and regions
    The purpose of this survey is to seek CEMR members' detailed views on European Commission proposals for action to address Work-Life Balance. The responses will aid the development of a common European position for towns and regions as well as for discussion at the political level.

    The survey will remain open (only for CEMR members) until 6 May 2016.

    For further information you can contact
  • Gender equality - 10.12.2015

    Women leadership at local level: a requirement to fight against climate change
    As a woman leader I encourage us all to take development challenges into our own hands,” said the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, at the meeting on women leadership in development organised by our global association (UCLG), on 6 December, in the city hall of Paris.

    Organised in the margins of the COP21 negotiations, the event gathered local elected representatives worldwide to put forward the gender equality approach in the fight against climate change, to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals and to shape sustainable urban policies.

    Read a full article on the event on the website of the Charter of the Observatory for equality of women and men in local life.
  • Gender equality - 02.11.2015

    Gender pay gap: what does the European Union do?
    Did you know that today women earn over 16% less than men per hour in the EU? And that the gender pay gap represent around 2 months worked for free each year?

    On the occasion of European equal pay day (02 November 2015), the European Commission releases an animated infographic explaining some of the reasons behind the gender pay gap.
  • Equality - 17.07.2015

    CEMR is looking for translators
    CEMR publishes a call for tender for the provision of translation services in the framework of its project on equality. The call is open from 13 to 24 July 2015 and is only available in English.

    The pilot project aims at developing indicators to measure the implementation of the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life.
  • European development days - 11.06.2015

    If you missed the panel on gender equality here is a snapshot of what was said
    We are almost reaching the deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and gender equality is still far from been achieved. What have been reached so far and what should be done to overcome gender inequalities worldwide? 

    To answer all these questions, the Observatory for equality and PLATFORMA organised together with UN Women and partners from the civil society, the high level panel “Ending gender inequality by 2030!”, on 3 June. 

    If you missed the panel, you can now read a summary of the discussion.
  • Equality - 29.04.2015

    The Commission launches a public consultation on equality between women and men in the EU
    With this public consultation, the European Commission aims to collect the views of a broad public. These views will contribute to the preparation of the Commission's policy on equality between women and men after 2015.

    The deadline to participate is 27 July 2015.
  • Inclusion - 09.04.2015

    Check out 5 great initiatives for inclusion of women and youth in local government affairs
    These initiatives were selected in the framework of the GENiYOUTH prize of the network of associations of local authorities of South Eastern Europe (NALAS). 

    The five winners are:
    • “Gender Responsive Budgeting and Participatory Budgeting”, implemented by the Municipality of Elbasan, Albania;
    • “Youth Bank”, implemented by the Municipality of Petrovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina;
    • “Co-creation of social spaces - for youth with youth”, implemented by the Municipality of Maribor, Slovenia;
    • “Gender Equality at Local Level in Serbia” implemented by the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities – National Association of Local Authorities in Serbia;
    • “Local Youth Strategy of the Municipality of Ajdovščina”, implemented by the Municipality of Ajdovščina, Slovenia.

    The awards will be handed at a ceremony during the NALAS annual forum, to be held from 16-19 May 2015 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
  • French municipal elections - 31.03.2014

    Anne Hidalgo becomes the first woman mayor of Paris
    Anne Hidalgo was elected mayor of the French capital this Sunday 30 March 2014 after the second round of municipal elections. She will hold this position for the 2014-2020 period.  

    Anne Hidalgo is also co-president of our global organisation, UCLG, and president of UCLG Standing committee on gender equality.  

    In the framework of the municipal elections, a new edition of the guidebook Understand the municipal life (in French) was published. This volume is prefaced by an introduction written by our President, Annemarie Jorritsma, and our secretary general, Frédéric Vallier. It presents and analyses the local government functioning in France.
  • Violence against women - 10.03.2014

    The EU agency for fundamental rights published its EU-wide survey on violence against women
    33% of European women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence. This is one of the conclusions reached by the study “Violence against women: an EU-wide survey. Results at a glance” led by the EU agency for fundamental rights (FRA).
    This survey is the first of its kind on gender violence carried across the 28 Member States of the European Union. It presents the results from interviews led among 42 000 women that suffered physical and moral violence, or stalking experiences.  Based on the results, FRA offers 10 “ways forward” to EU policy-makers in order to respond to gender-based violence.


Jaimie Just
Policy Officer – Gender Equality and Diversity

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Tel. : + 32 2 500 05 49
Skype : jaimie.just.ccre
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