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  • Gender equality - 17.02.2023

    Join us at UN CSW67 Parallel event on gender justice

    Four local government representative networks are joining forces at the 67th edition of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). PLATFORMA, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and the Standing Committee for the Euro Mediterranean Partnership of Local and Regional Authorities (COPPEM) are organising the NGO CSW Parallel event “Cities forging the path to gender justice | Tools for equality in local life”.

    Join us on 6 March in New York to hear from local and regional representatives about how regional Charters for gender equality are key to move from good intentions to effective and impactful change. Exchange on how local and regional governments, in cooperation with civil society and other stakeholders, can propose innovative ways to implement gender equality agendas and achieve the ambitious targets of the SDG5 and all of the Sustainable Development Goals.

    How to join the event

    When? 6 March at 10:30 AM EST

    Where? Church Center of the United Nations (CCUN), 11th floor (registration on CSW NGO platform for on-site attendance), or online (pre-registration on Zoom)

    How? Updates and information on this session will be shared on NGO CSW67 Forum. For more information, go on the Platforma website or contact Jaimie Just, jaimie.just[at]

  • CERV programme - 15.12.2022

    Discover the next funding opportunities!
    Check out the European Commission's (DG JUST) priorities for 2023 and 2024 and discover the next funding opportunities!

    The CERV programme is ​the biggest EU fund ever available for promoting and protecting EU rights and values (1.55 billion over 7 years). Together with the Justice programme (305 million euro over 7 years), it contributes to build a Union of Justice, Rights and Values.
  • Charter for equality - 26.08.2022

    CEMR is looking for a contractor to carry out translation activities
    CEMR is looking for a provider for the translations of two documents related to the update of the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life and particularly on the theme of gender equality, diversity and intersectionality. The contractor will translate the two documents into 28 languages. The deadline for the submission of the tender is on Tuesday, 13 September 2022

    For more information, please refer to the terms of reference.
  • Gender Equality - 14.04.2021

    Call for a consultant to develop the text for the “Local Authorities Charter for Gender Equality in Africa”
    Are you interested in a mission to provide guidance and support to gender equality work by local governments in Africa?

    The Council of European Municipalities and Regions and UCLG Africa  have opened a call for a consultant to develop and draft the text for the “Local Authorities Charter for Gender Equality in Africa”.

    3 months contract

    Please consult the Terms of reference for details about the mission, the desired profile and application instructions. (English) (Français)

    Deadline to apply is 25 April 2021 (23:59 UTC+1)
  • Equality - 24.08.2020

    ​Luxembourgish cities and towns join forces with the central government to advance gender equality
    It would take 308 years to achieve full equality between women and men in Luxembourg. This is why, the central government has decided to prioritise the fight for gender equality with its new national action plan (2020-2022). Among other initiatives, the action plan will take stock of the situation in 102 towns and cities and will ensure: 
    • A partnership with CEMR’s Luxembourgish association (SYVICOL), 
    • The creation of a back office with useful and updated information and examples of good practice for towns and cities,
    • Support for towns and cities provided by gender equality advisors

    You can read the full action plan in French here.
  • Gender equality - 17.02.2020

    Georgian cities train and share best practices on local gender equality
    CEMR, PLATFORMA and our Georgian association (NALAG) held a workshop today in Tbilisi on how to better implement gender equality in municipalities’ day-to-day work. Four Georgian signatories to the European Charter for Equality – Kutaisi, Lagodekhi, Ozurgeti and Rustavi – presented their reasons for signing up and the actions they are taking.

    During the workshop, participants used the Equality Journey tool to map their gender equality objectives and prioritise actions. The session was wrapped up with a short introduction to the NALAS e-learning course on gender mainstreaming at the local level.

    The workshop was held in the framework of the Eastern Partnership Coordination Seminar “Reinforcing dialogue on gender equality and informed local government reform in Georgia: Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities”, co-organised by NALAS and PLATFORMA.
  • Gender equality - 21.01.2020

    Young politicians improving gender balance
    ​Are you a young politician whose town or region is taking action to ensure gender-balanced policymaking? If so, the Committee of the Regions would like to hear from you! You can apply to CoR's Young Elected Politicians Programme (YEP), which will give you the opportunity to travel to share your experiences and network with other politicians. You can find more information on the CoR website.
  • Gender equality - 22.05.2019

    11 new municipalities sign the European Charter for Equality
    Across Europe, 1,773 municipalities in 35 countries are now signatories of the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life. We are delighted to welcome our latest signatories: 8 from Serbia, 1 from Croatia, 1 from Germany, 1 from Sweden and 1 from Ukraine. Find out more about the signatories’ action plans and good practices are on the online Observatory.
  • Gender equality - 13.12.2018

    Gender-sensitive parliaments
    How well does your parliamentary institution integrate gender equality? How does it respond to the different needs of women and men? Give your feedback and help the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) measure, assess and monitor improvements.
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Annelies Coessens
Gender, Diversity and Migration Officer

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