1. APPLIES QUOTAS:
Introduced in 2008, in accordance with the Congress Charter, the participation of a minimum of 30% of women (the under-represented sex) in national delegations has been ensured since 2011.
o In 1994, 84.19% of the members were men while 12.39% were women.
o In 2011, 65.09% men and 31.05% women and in 2014, 56.92% were men while 40.57% were women.
o Between 1994 and 2014, 72.93% (132) of the posts of President and Vice-President were held by men and 27.02% (49) were held by elected women.
o For the first time in 2010, the Vice-presidents of the Congress were in equal numbers. Today (mandate 2014-2016), there are 7 men and 10 women elected as President / Vice-President.
2. ADOPTED THREE RESOLUTIONS ON GENDER EQUALITY:
· Resolution 391 “Fighting the increasing poverty of women: the responsibility of local and regional authorities” (2015) – Rapporteur : Jean-Louis TESTUD, France (L, EPP/CCE)
o invites local and regional authorities to adopt policies and take measures that will prevent the victims of austerity policies from falling into ‘chronic’ poverty
o invites local and regional authorities to establish statistical tools to measure women’s income poverty
· Resolution 303 on “Achieving sustainable gender equality in local and regional political life” (2010) – Rapporteur: Britt-Marie Lövgren (Sweden, GILD)
o encourages women to run for office and stand for election,
o calls for adequate training to elected officials and their staff,
o proposes to political parties a new approach to selecting candidates.
· Resolution 176 on “Gender mainstreaming at local and regional level: a strategy to promote equality between women and men in cities and regions” (2004) – Rapporteur: Britt-Marie Lövgren (Sweden, NI)
o invites local authorities to adopt a strategy in order to promote equality between women and men in cities and regions.
3. CONTRIBUTED TO ACTIONS FIGHTING VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN:
· During 2006-2008, the Congress has been actively involved in the “Stop domestic violence against women” campaign; launched a poster campaign in streets and subways of many European cities with the slogan “Cities and regions take a stand” (Spain, Italy, Iceland, Malta, Serbia, Portugal, Ukraine); organised round tables, created a website; published a book.
· In co-operation with the PACE, the Congress organised a photo exhibition entitled “Break the silence on domestic violence“, inaugurated in 2008 and conducted in several cities.
· In 2009, the Congress adopted Resolution 279 and Recommendation 260 on combating domestic violence against women and calls for strategies and measures at local level, which prevent and combat violence against women – Rapporteur: Sandra Barnes (UK, EPP/CD).
4. ONGOING WORK ON GENDER EQUALITY WITH TWO REPORTS:
· “Women’s participation in public life at local and regional levels: good practices in member States and Congress action”: the goal is to assess women’s participation in public life at local and regional levels and to make concrete proposals on achieving long-term equality between men and women in political life at local and regional levels – Rapporteur: Inger Linge (Sweden, PPE/CD).
Debate at the Current Affairs Committee meeting in March 2016; adoption at the Plenary session in October 2016.
· “Gender budgeting”: the goal is to achieve greater coherence between economic issues and social commitments at local and regional levels – Rapporteur: Cathy Bennett (Ireland, NI).
Debate at the Governance Committee meeting in March 2016; adoption at the Plenary session in October 2016.