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Equality of women and men in local life

Equal opportunities - 19.01.2006

CEMR to present its charter for equality of women and men in local life (20-21 February 2006, Brussels)
The final conference of CEMR's project A European charter for equality of women and men in local life will take place in Brussels on 20 and 21 February 2006.
 
The highlight of the conference will be the presentation of the charter. It is a political document which aims at improving gender equality throughout Europe's municipalities.
 
Representatives of European local governments and EU institutions as well as experts in equal opportunities will attend. Invited speakers include:
Ӣ Vicenta Bosch Palanca, chair of CEMR's committee of women elected representatives of local and regional authorities
Ӣ Edite Estrela, vice chair of the European Parliament's committee on women's rights and gender equality
Ӣ Anna Zaborska, chair of the European Parliament's committee on women's rights and gender equality
Ӣ Diane Bunyan, former leader of Bristol city council
Ӣ Nikolaus Van Der Pas, director general, EU Commission's DG employment, social affairs & equal opportunities
Ӣ Luisella Pavan-Woolfe, director, EU Commission's DG employment, social affairs & equal opportunities .
 
The first day of the conference (20 February) will consist of a general introduction of the content of the charter by CEMR secretary general, Jeremy Smith, and debates on equal opportunities at local level and on the role of women in the Lisbon strategy.
 
The second day (21 February) will focus on the commitments in the charter, its implementation and its future.

The charter is the follow-up to CEMR's previous project A European town for equality, which ended in February 2005. Since then, CEMR has been drafting the charter of gender equality with the help of its associations, local politicians and experts.
 
The official launch of the charter will take place at CEMR's general assembly in Innsbruck, in May 2006.
 
Practical information:
- Venue: Room BEL52, Committee of the Regions, Rue Belliard 101, Brussels
- Opening: 20 February, 14:00
- Closing: 21 February, 16:00
- Interpretation: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Greek
- Registration: Guilherme Johnston at CEMR, Guilherme.johnston@ccre.org
 
 
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