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Equality of women and men in local life

International Women's Day - 06.03.2009

"Still far from equality!"
The Chair of the Committee of women elected representatives of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions, Jocelyne Bougeard, calls on European local and regional governments to commit themselves to equality.of woman and men in their local/regional area.
In her message to local and regional government, Jocelyne Bougeard said: on 8th March we will celebrate the International Women's Day. Equality of women and men constitutes a fundamental right for all, and an inalienable value founding every democracy. But despite numerous instances of formal recognition and progress made, equality of women and men in daily life is still not a reality. I call on European local and regional political leaders to contribute in making gender equality a priority of the political agenda at local/regional level.
In 2006, CEMR launched, with the support of the European Commission, the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life. The Charter, which has been signed by almost 900 local and regional governments in Europe* so far, is a real tool to implement equality of women and men in your territory.
By signing the Charter, local and regional authorities make a formal public commitment to the principle of equality of women and men, and to implement, within their territory, the commitments set out within the Charter.
The Charter is available in some 20 languages in the "Publication" section of the CEMR website.
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