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  • 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.
  • European development days - 11.06.2015

    If you missed the panel on gender equality here is a snapshot of what was said
    We are almost reaching the deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and gender equality is still far from been achieved. What have been reached so far and what should be done to overcome gender inequalities worldwide? 

    To answer all these questions, the Observatory for equality and PLATFORMA organised together with UN Women and partners from the civil society, the high level panel “Ending gender inequality by 2030!”, on 3 June. 

    If you missed the panel, you can now read a summary of the discussion.
  • Equality - 29.04.2015

    The Commission launches a public consultation on equality between women and men in the EU
    With this public consultation, the European Commission aims to collect the views of a broad public. These views will contribute to the preparation of the Commission's policy on equality between women and men after 2015.

    The deadline to participate is 27 July 2015.
  • Inclusion - 09.04.2015

    Check out 5 great initiatives for inclusion of women and youth in local government affairs
    These initiatives were selected in the framework of the GENiYOUTH prize of the network of associations of local authorities of South Eastern Europe (NALAS). 

    The five winners are:
    • “Gender Responsive Budgeting and Participatory Budgeting”, implemented by the Municipality of Elbasan, Albania;
    • “Youth Bank”, implemented by the Municipality of Petrovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina;
    • “Co-creation of social spaces - for youth with youth”, implemented by the Municipality of Maribor, Slovenia;
    • “Gender Equality at Local Level in Serbia” implemented by the Standing Conference of Towns and Municipalities – National Association of Local Authorities in Serbia;
    • “Local Youth Strategy of the Municipality of Ajdovščina”, implemented by the Municipality of Ajdovščina, Slovenia.

    The awards will be handed at a ceremony during the NALAS annual forum, to be held from 16-19 May 2015 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.


Jaimie Just
Coordinator - Citizenship team / Adviser - Equality and Diversity

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Tel. : + 32 2 500 05 49
Skype : jaimie.just.ccre
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