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  • Equality & Employment - 26.01.2017

    First joint expert group meeting of the year: gender equality & employment
    Gender equality and employment are very strongly linked, especially in the public sector. In fact, CEMR’s expert groups on gender equality and on local and regional governments as employers had their first joint meeting of the year on 24 January.

    Among the topics addressed, they discussed work-life balance, well-being at work and how to achieve equal participation of women and men in the labour market and in family life.
  • Gender equality - 25.01.2017

    CEMR equality expert group discusses action plan for 2017
    What’s the plan for gender equality in 2017? Members of CEMR’s expert group on gender equality had their first informal exchange of the year on 24 January. They discussed the exciting work programme for 2017, as well as their action plan for women’s day on 8 March, and preparations for the Bilbao conference coming up in 2018. Stay tuned – more info on that front coming up soon.
  • Gender equality - 19.01.2017

    New Albanian city signs European Charter for Equality
    The municipality of Korça, Albania, is one of the latest cities to sign our European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life. Korça is the sixth largest city in Albania, with almost 80,000 inhabitants. We wish them lots of success in the elaboration of their action plan for the equality of women and men in local life.

    This new signature was facilitated by the collaboration of UN Women in Albania.
  • Equality - 07.09.2016

    SALAR celebrates 10 years of the Charter
    Our Swedish association, SALAR, was one of the first member associations to sign CEMR’s Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life. They held a celebration yesterday for the 10th anniversary of the Charter.

    The Charter has now has been signed by over 1,600 towns and regions in Europe – and over one hundred of those are in Sweden.
  • Gender equality - 17.06.2016

    EU Council conclusions in line with CEMR’s call to adopt a post-2015 EU strategy on equality
    First the European Parliament and now the Council. The Council of Ministers’ decision to press for the adoption of an EU strategy on gender equality is good news as it is in line with what CEMR advocates. It is now up to the European Commission to ensure that gender equality becomes a reality by considering adopting a Communication that reaffirms its commitment to the promotion of gender equality in all EU policy areas.

    This is CEMR’s message following the Council meeting*, held on 16 June, where a package of conclusions was adopted in response to the Commission's strategic engagement for gender equality. CEMR will continue to lobby the Commission to make sure that its proposals to address gender inequalities have the formal status they merit.

  • ​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.


Annelies Coessens
Gender and Diversity Officer

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