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Equality of women and men in local life

Equality - 08.03.2013

International Women's Day: CEMR calls on local and regional authorities to develop new awareness
In commemoration of this year’s International Women's Day, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) calls on local and regional authorities to develop a new awareness in regard to gender equality.  “It is no longer enough to simply safeguard women’s political and social rights,” declares Frédéric Vallier, CEMR secretary general.  “We must develop means to ensure that these rights are respected.

The nature of the struggle for equality has changed over the years,” observes Vallier.  “Equality encompasses an increasingly important social and political dimension in today’s context, characterised by the economic crisis, the rise of religious fundamentalism and a number of setbacks, which need to be addressed everywhere, including in Europe.

CEMR and gender equality

For many years now, CEMR has been active in the promotion of equality between women and men.  Our work has led to the elaboration, in 2006, of a European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life, which now boasts over 1 300 signatory municipalities.  The Charter has been translated into a number of languages and is now available in Basque, Bosnian and Turkish on the "Publications" page of CEMR's website.

In support of the Charter, CEMR recently launched an Observatory for equality as well as an online tool in support of European municipalities and regions working to promote the equality of women and men at the local level.

At the occasion of the International Women’s Day, CEMR is pleased to present 100 posters revolving around human rights and fundamental freedoms, selected in the framework of the 2012 edition of the “Posters for Tomorrow” contest.
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