Factsheet on

The work of the Congress of the Council of Europe[1]

on women’s rights

and equality between men and women


Strasbourg,
18 January 2016

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THE CONGRESS

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.



[1] Contact details: Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe, F-67075 Strasbourg cedex, tel. : +33 3 88 41 21 10, fax: +33 3 88 41 27 51, e-mail: congress.web@coe.int, website: http://www.coe.int/t/congress