LIST OF ITEMS DISCUSSED AND DECISIONS TAKEN
1. The Steering
Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG) held its 22nd meeting
in Strasbourg from 9-11 May 2001 with Ms Violeta NEUBAUER
(Slovenia) in the Chair. The
agenda, as adopted, is set out in Appendix I.
2. The CDEG discussed
follow-up to the Seminar equality
and education: “A new social contract between women and men: the
role of education” (Strasbourg, 7-8 December 2000) and agreed to
forward the general conclusions (see CM(2001)92 Addendum) to the
Committee of Ministers for information and subsequent transmission to
the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of Local and Regional
Authorities of Europe, the Culture Committee (CC-CULT), the Committee
for the Development of Sport (CDDS) and the European Committee on
Migration (CDMG). The whole proceedings would be forwarded to the
Education Committee (CC-ED) with the request that they be forwarded to
the Ministries of Education and teacher training institutes in the
Council of Europe member States.
Subject to the approval of the Committee of Ministers, the CDEG
adopted the terms of reference of the Group of Specialists on
promoting gender mainstreaming in schools (EG-S-GS).
These are set out in Appendix II.
The Committee continued preparations for the Seminar on the
participation of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts,
to be held in Strasbourg on 20-21 September 2001, and agreed upon an
explanatory memorandum set out in Appendix III and upon a
The Committee continued the preparation of the substantial and
organisational aspects of the 5th European Ministerial
Conference on Equality between Women and Men (Skopje, 15-16 May
2002) and took a number of decisions related to the Conference,
subject to the approval of the Committee of Ministers.
The Committee examined and amended the draft Recommendation on
the protection of women against violence with a view to preparing a
final draft for examination and adoption at its 23rd
The CDEG took note of the activities planned in 2001 to
implement Recommendation No R (2000) 11 on trafficking in human beings for the purpose of
sexual exploitation and agreed. It further took note of the
Secretariat proposal that any remaining funds from these activities
should be used in 2001 to finance the participation of NGO
representatives of South-East Europe in the Seminar on the
participation of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts,
the budgetary resources earmarked for this activity being very
The Committee held an exchange of views on its 2002 draft
Intergovernmental Programme of Activities as prepared by its Bureau,
as well as on future priorities, and made suggestions regarding which
activities should be selected. The
Committee emphasised the importance of intergovernmental co-operation
in the present context of budgetary restrictions.
The CDEG examined the 9th Report by the Secretary
General on equality between women and men in the Council of Europe,
covering the year 1999. In accordance with the invitation of the
Committee of Ministers, it formulated observations and comments
thereon, which are set out in Appendix IV.
The CDEG took note of the report of the 1st meeting
of the Group of Specialists on the impact of the use of new
information technologies on trafficking in human beings for the
purpose of sexual exploitation (EG-S-NT).
The Committee discussed the results of the 45th
session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
and possible co-operation between the CDEG and the CSW in the coming
In accordance with the invitation of the Committee of
Ministers, the CDEG discussed the implementation of Resolution (2000)
2 of the Committee of Ministers on information strategy and welcomed,
in this context, the setting-up of the Equality Division's homepage.
The Committee took note of the state of implementation of the
Council of Europe's co-operation programmes in the field of equality
as well as of the Council of Europe's contribution to the Stability
Pact's Gender Task Force for South Eastern Europe.
The Committee took note of recent developments on equality
which were of interest to it, determined the items to be placed on the
agenda of its 23rd meeting and fixed the dates of its
Specific Terms of reference
1. Name of the Committee:
Group of Specialists on promoting gender mainstreaming in schools
2. Type of Committee:
Committee of Experts
3. Source of Terms of Reference:
Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG)
Terms of Reference:
In the context of the changes taking
place in European societies at the dawn of the third millennium, the
Group shall consider the relevance of existing policies and practices
in the field of gender equality in education and how these can be
adapted to new challenges, eg through the strategy of gender
mainstreaming. The Group's tasks will consist of the following:
studying how gender mainstreaming can be promoted in schools
through, inter alia, initial
and continuous teacher training, introduction of new teaching methods
and learning contexts, revision of curricula and teaching materials;
on the basis of the results of this investigation, preparing:
containing a summary of the results of the Group's investigation
accompanied by examples of good practice of how gender mainstreaming
can be promoted in schools and in initial and continuous teacher
training, as well as examples of how schools can create an environment
that allows both girls and boys to achieve their full potential,
develop their diverse identities and exercise democratic citizenship,
while respecting human rights;
recommendation on the promotion of gender mainstreaming in schools.
This recommendation should contain guidelines for policies and
measures to be taken regarding the promotion of gender equality
through awareness-raising and training of teachers, diversification of
teaching methods, revision of school curricula and teaching materials
in the Council of Europe member States from a gender perspective.
While carrying out its terms of reference, the
Group should bear in mind the work previously done by the CDEG and the
CC-ED related to this issue.
The Group has a membership of 8 specialists from
various Council of Europe member States, having the following
member of the CDEG (Greece);
member of the CC-ED (France);
experts, including school teachers, teacher trainers, researchers on
gender equality and education; educational psychologists; careers
guidance counsellors; experts in pedagogic sciences; designers of
The experts shall be appointed by the Secretariat
in consultation with the Steering Committee for Equality between Women
and Men (CDEG) and the Education Committee (CC-ED).
The composition of the Group should, as far as
possible, be made up according to a geographically balanced as well as
a gender balanced representation.
Within the framework of its terms of reference,
the EG-S-GS shall have the opportunity to have whatever contacts or
consultations are necessary with experts or interested professionals
in member States, in particular through hearings or written
consultations. It may also have recourse to consultants.
Duration of the terms of reference:
These terms of reference expire on 30 June 2003.
of women in the prevention and resolution of conflicts
20-21 September 2001
Date and place
Organised by the Steering Committee for Equality
between Women and Men (CDEG) of the Council of Europe, the Seminar
will be held in Strasbourg, at the Palais de l'Europe (Room 9),
on 20-21 September 2001.
Simultaneous interpretation in English and French
will be provided.
Through the organisation of this Seminar, the
CDEG aims to initiate a discussion on various questions regarding
women, activities for peace and the reconstruction of post-conflict
societies. There is a lack of appreciation and even knowledge of
women's peacebuilding activities in Europe. As most such activities
are initiated by grassroot groups, they are not always taken seriously
by state structures and institutions. Research into and evaluation of
the outcomes of various peacebuilding activities and how they affect
gender is scarce.
At the same time, women have little to say on any
reconstruction activities, given their marginalisation in
decision-making processes. Even if international organisations and
NGOs make some efforts towards protecting women's human rights in
conflict and post-conflict situations, few try to advance women's
leadership and empowerment after conflicts.
Bearing this in mind, the main objective will be
to explore and draw attention to the involvement of women in the
Council of Europe member States in peacemaking, peacebuilding and
conflict prevention activities, notably at the grassroot level. The
Seminar will also look at women's role as active players in the
reconciliation and post-conflict reconstruction processes and the
importance of increasing the number of women in decision-making at all
levels of society.
The Seminar constitutes at the same time a
preparatory event for the 5th European Ministerial
Conference on Equality between Women and Men, which will be held in
Skopje on 15-16 May 2002 on the theme: “Democratisation,
conflict prevention and peacebuilding: the perspectives and the roles
In this perspective, it is expected that
participants will prepare and agree on some recommendations regarding
the subjects dealt with. These recommendations will then be examined
by the CDEG which is in charge of preparing political texts
(resolutions, declarations) to be adopted by the Ministers at their
conference in Skopje.
Both themes will be introduced in plenary session
through presentation of concrete examples of (good) practice, and
discussed in working groups thereafter. The closing session in the
afternoon of the second day will be devoted to the presentation of the
General Rapporteur's conclusions and the adoption of the
recommendations of the Seminar.
The Seminar should bring together a maximum of
100 participants. These will include governmental representatives and
experts, elected members, representatives of international and
non-governmental organisations, researchers from institutes for peace
and conflict research. Representatives of youth organisations will be
encouraged to attend. A certain number of Council of Europe bodies
will be present, such as the Parliamentary Assembly, the Congress of
Local and Regional Authorities of Europe (CLRAE) as well as some
interested Steering Committees of the Council of Europe.
The NGO “International Alert”
has prepared an inventory on initiatives and actions regarding women
and peacebuilding in Europe. This will constitute the major background
document for the Seminar.
Chapter E of the Beijing Platform for Action,
“Women and armed conflict”, will serve as a basis for discussions
for the first theme. Council of Europe documents regarding the
participation of women in decision-making will guide the discussion on
the second theme. An updated version of the document “Women in
Politics in the Council of Europe member States” will be put at the
disposal of participants. Besides these documents of special relevance
to the Seminar, other Council of Europe documents will be available.
International organisations and NGOs focusing on
specific aspects of women's participation in conflict prevention and
resolution are invited to make any of their reports available to the
An exhibition will be organised on the occasion
of the Seminar, where participants can display written material,
posters, photos, videos, etc. Any material that participants wish to
display during the Seminar must be sent to the Secretariat before 5
Funding of the Seminar
The Council of Europe will finance the
participation of one representative from each member State, as well as
of a limited number of speakers. A voluntary contribution from
Slovakia has been received, in particular to enable the participation
of a certain number of NGOs and Japan has also announced a voluntary
the Organisation will only be able to finance the participation of a
significant number of NGOs if other voluntary contributions are
of the CDEG on the Ninth Report by the Secretary General
equality between women and men in the Council of Europe
The Steering Committee for Equality between Women and
Men (CDEG) has studied the Ninth Report by the Secretary General on
Equality between Women and Men in the Council of Europe concerning the
year 1999 (and the first report to be published since the election of
the present Secretary General in May 1999).
The Committee welcomes the Secretary General's positive and
constructive comments, as well as his interest in encouraging other
sectors of the Council of Europe to introduce gender mainstreaming in
Since the adoption by the Committee of Ministers of
Recommendation No. R (98) 14 to member States on gender mainstreaming
and a message to Steering Committees of the Council of Europe inviting
them to implement this strategy, very little progress has been made
within the Organisation. The CDEG attaches great importance to gender
mainstreaming, and the work it has carried on this subject is
recognised by a wide public. It is willing to assist other committees
in implementing this strategy and, in 2001, will launch a pilot
project involving a limited number of committees. It is hoped that
this experience will provide the necessary impetus for a general
recognition of the importance of gender equality issues throughout the
In this respect, the CDEG supports the Secretary General's
proposal to introduce an element of anticipation by taking action from
the planning stage so as to encourage the Council of Europe's
various sectors to apply gender mainstreaming in their annual work
The CDEG notes with regret that, in spite of the Committee of
Ministers' and the Secretary General's will to work towards
equality in the Council of Europe,
the Ninth Report does not show any particular progress in this field.
This concerns both the Organisation's activities and the staff
In his introduction, the Secretary General states that he will
be paying particular attention to equality issues in the adoption of a
new staff policy, including taking steps to encourage more women to
apply for managerial posts and supporting managers who promote a work
culture that reconciles professional and private life.
The CDEG looks forward to see the results of these measures in
the next report by the Secretary General.
OF THE ORGANISATION
THE INTERGOVERNMENTAL PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES
The CDEG wishes to thank all those committees with whom it had
fruitful co-operation in 1999, both in the framework of its Groups of
specialists and in the organisation of seminars. CDMM, CDDH, CDPS,
CDCJ, CDMG, CDPC and T-SG should in particular be named. Such
multidisciplinary work is of great use for the CDEG, as it helps the
Committee to tackle in an appropriate way the difficult questions it
has to deal with, notably by integrating the viewpoints of different
With regard to the chapter on the Intergovernmental Programme
of Activities, the CDEG welcomes the fact that some sectors which were
not mentioned in the previous Report have started to introduce issues
relating to gender equality in their activities (eg. CAHAR and
CC-CULT). Some committees still limit their contribution to a simple
listing of activities, whereas the CDEG has underlined several times
that it would be very useful to have an analysis of the activities
undertaken. Some committees are still totally absent from the Report,
despite the clear political message sent out by the Committee of
Ministers in 1998. Once again, the CDEG wishes to point out that it
would be useful to know why they have not dealt with gender
Democratic cohesion: pluralist democracy, human rights and the
rule of law
The CDEG welcomes the adoption of Protocol No. 12 to the
European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), extending, in a general
fashion, the scope of Article 14 of the ECHR. The Committee was
satisfied with its co-operation with the Committee of Experts on the
Development of Human Rights (DH-DEV) on the preparation of this text,
and was particularly pleased to note that some of its comments had
been taken into account in the drafting of the explanatory report to
the Protocol. Even though the CDEG would have preferred an approach
including an independent equality clause, it considers that a general
prohibition of discrimination constitutes a step forward towards
standard-setting in this field at the European level. It is eager to
see how the Protocol, when it comes into force, will be interpreted,
especially with a view to encouraging positive action in the field of
equality between women and men.
The CDEG regrets that neither the CDMM nor the ECRI have
mentioned activities concerning equality between women and men in
1999, given that co-operation with these two committees has been quite
fruitful in the past.
The information on the committees in the legal field
constitutes a repetition of what was contained in the report on 1998
activities. The CDEG reiterates its wish that – in addition to
recalling the principle of non-discrimination on the grounds of sex
– more care be taken by these committees in the future to integrate
a gender perspective into their work in a concrete and visible way.
In this respect, it is perhaps useful to recall that equality
between women and men means “an equal visibility, empowerment and
participation of both sexes in all spheres of public and private
This signifies that the search for real equality between women and men
cannot be limited to guaranteeing equal rights and equal treatment in
access to rights, but must also guarantee equal results and equal
The CDEG is pleased to note that the Ad Hoc Committee of
Experts on the Legal Aspects of Territorial Asylum, Refugees and
Stateless Persons (CAHAR) is addressing several aspects relating to
gender equality in its work, and welcomes the interest it is showing
in issues relating to the situation of refugee women in Europe. With
regard to this issue, the CDEG has commented on Parliamentary Assembly
Recommendation 1374 (1998) dealing with the situation of refugee women
to the CAHAR. The CDEG takes the view that it is appropriate to study
this subject in the present context of recent conflicts in Europe,
leaving large numbers of women as refugees or displaced persons, in
particularly difficult circumstances. It welcomes the fact that the
CAHAR has now expressed its willingness to be associated with the
pilot project on gender mainstreaming mentioned in the introduction.
The CDEG notes that the Steering Committee on Local and
Regional Democracy (CDLR) is analysing, inter alia, the
participation of women in public life at local level and their
representation in local bodies. The CDEG awaits with interest the
adoption of the draft recommendation on the participation of citizens
in local life, which will
suggest specific measures to be taken to stimulate the participation
of women in the local political process. This information will be
taken into account in the CDEG's preparation of a draft
recommendation on balanced participation of women and men in political
and public decision-making.
cohesion and quality of life: social policies, health, environment and
sustainable development of the greater European territory
Following its comments on the Eighth Report of the Secretary
General, the CDEG is pleased to note that the European Committee on
Social Cohesion (CDCS) is particularly receptive to questions
concerning gender equality. Good co-operation has been established
between the two Committees and the CDCS has now expressed its
willingness to participate in a future pilot project on introducing
gender mainstreaming in the work programmes of the Council of
The CDEG welcomes the information provided on the
implementation of activities focusing on Roma women, as well as the
older population. The choice of health policies for older persons, or
for handicapped persons, will necessarily have to take into account
the gender dimension. A project on the incorporation of gender
analysis into the guidelines for services for elderly dependent
persons was presented at the CDEG conference on “Gender
mainstreaming: a step into the 21st century”, organised
in Athens in September 1999. Elder abuse was one of the sub-themes
discussed at the Seminar on Men and Violence against Women held in
Strasbourg in October 1999. The CDEG has expressed the wish to look
more closely at the specific problems faced by elderly women in its
future work and will seek the active co-operation of the European
Committee on Social Cohesion and the European Health Committee in this
It is stated in the report that the activities of the Partial
Agreement in the Social and Public Health Field are based on the
concept of gender mainstreaming. The CDEG would like to have more
information on the activities carried out in this sector, which could
be useful for its future work.
The CDEG welcomes the fact that the Pompidou Group is
continuing to include activities in the field of women and drugs in
its work programme.
Cultural cohesion and cultural pluralism: education, higher
education, culture and cultural heritage, sport and youth
The CDEG is pleased to note positive developments concerning
the project Education for
and the activities of the Culture Committee. It awaits the results of
incorporating a gender perspective into the project on cultural policy
and cultural diversity with great interest.
The committees in the education field are attentive to the
questions of equality and gender mainstreaming. The CDEG is
particularly appreciative of its co-operation with the Education
Committee (CC-ED), given the importance of the education field for the
realisation of any policy in the field of equality between women and
men. The joint seminar held in December 2000, A new social contract
between women and men: the role of education, was a successful
experience and a group of specialists on equality and education will
be set up in 2001 under the auspices of the CDEG and with the
participation of the Education Committee.
The Committee for the Development of Sport (CDDS) continues to
pay particular attention to equality issues, and has carried out a lot
of good work on the problem of sexual harassment and abuse in sport.
Finally, the CDEG welcomes the fact that the European Youth
Centres and the European Youth Foundation continue to have a balanced
representation of the sexes in their activities and support projects
dealing specifically with the problems facing young women. The CDEG
will, as far as possible, pay particular attention to involving young
people, and especially young women, in its activities.
As concerns the intergovernmental activities in general, the
CDEG is aware of the fact that one year is a very short time in which
to show significant progress in the field of gender mainstreaming.
This is one of the reasons why the same information is likely to be
repeated year after year. The Committee therefore wonders whether it
would not be more effective to gather information on the activities of
the Organisation in the field of gender mainstreaming every two or
three years. Reporting could then be based on a questionnaire to make
the answers more comparable and to make evaluation possible. The CDEG
would be willing to assist the Secretary General with preparing such a
FOR THE DEVELOPMENT AND CONSOLIDATION OF DEMOCRATIC STABILITY (ADACS)
In spite of the CDEG's comments on the Eighth Report
of the Secretary General, this contribution remains a simple listing
of activities without any form of evaluation. As the members of the
CDEG often participate in an expert capacity in activities in the
framework of the ADACS programme, they are of the opinion that it
would be interesting to evaluate these activities as a whole.
Furthermore, the Committee repeats its previous years'
suggestion concerning the necessity to consult women to the same
extent as men in the planification of all activities in the framework
of the Council of Europe's co-operation programmes, and not just
those regarding equality between women and men.
OF THE PARLIAMENTARY ASSEMBLY
The CDEG co-operates closely with the Committee on Equal
Opportunities for Women and Men. The two bodies inform each other
about their work so that each body can play its role in the most
efficient way, and representatives of the Parliamentary Assembly
Committee take an active part in some of the CDEG's activities. This
can be considered as a most positive development.
OF LOCAL AND REGIONAL AUTHORITIES OF EUROPE (CLRAE)
The CDEG notes that the information on the CLRAE contained in
this report concerns the year 2000 and not the year 1999. The CDEG
welcomes the fact that the CLRAE is taking a close look at the
representation of women and men in its national delegations and hopes
that concrete action to improve the situation will be taken. The
Committee is pleased to report that the CLRAE is taking an active part
in the work of the Group of Specialists that the CDEG set up in 2000
in order to prepare a draft Recommendation from the Committee of
Ministers on the balanced participation of women and men in political
and public decision-making.
COMMISSION OF HUMAN RIGHTS – EUROPEAN COURT OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Concerning the composition of new single European Court of
Human Rights, the CDEG notes that 8 women judges have been appointed.
Even though this is far from representing balanced participation, it
is an improvement on previous statistics (during the lifetime of the
old Court 1959-1998 there were only 3 women judges, and never more
than 2 at a time). Unfortunately, this figure remains stable, even
though the number of member States rose from 39 in 1998 to 41 in 1999.
It is still men who bring the most cases before the Court. This
confirms yet again that men seem to be much better informed than women
on legal machinery such as the Convention and its supervisory bodies.
EUROPEAN SOCIAL CHARTER
The CDEG takes note with interest of the information provided
by the examination of national reports to ensure compliance with the
Charter's provisions. It notes that, in some countries, there are
still provisions in law contrary to the principle of equality.
Moreover, as the European Committee of Social Rights during the latest
supervision cycle pointed out, even if the situation in law generally
offers sufficient protection against discrimination in the field of
employment, difficulties remain in practice.
As regards Article 1 of the 1988 Additional Protocol (equal
opportunities and treatment in matters of employment and occupation
without discrimination on the grounds of sex), the CDEG is surprised
to learn that only Denmark has submitted a report. It notes with
interest the comments concerning possible positive action measures to
be taken by the Minister for Equal Opportunities.
The CDEG is pleased to note that the publication “Equality
between women and men in the European Social Charter” has been
published in Russian.
COMMITTEE FOR THE PREVENTION OF TORTURE AND INHUMAN OR DEGRADING
TREATMENT OR PUNISHMENT (CPT)
The CDEG regrets that the number of women members of the CPT,
as well as the number of women taking part in visits to the countries,
has decreased, even if the President and the First Vice-President are
women. It does however welcome the fact that the CPT is paying
particular attention to the conditions of detention of women deprived
of their liberty. The CDEG hopes that the CPT will continue to take
actively into account the gender perspective in its work and that the
number of women in the CPT will continue to increase. It looks forward
to reading the chapter promised in the Committee's next general
report on this issue.
PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN COMMITTEES OF EXPERTS AND OTHER
COUNCIL OF EUROPE BODIES
The CDEG is pleased to note that the number of women
in several committees has increased, eg. the CDDH, the CDCC and the
CC-ED (see Appendix III of the Secretary General's Report). On the
other hand, it regrets to note the very low level of women
representatives in other committees, such as ECRI, CDDS, CDLR and CDCJ.
The Administrative Tribunal and the Board of Auditors are still
exclusively male and there has been no increase in the number of women
among the Ministers' Deputies. The number of women representatives
in the Parliamentary Assembly and the Congress of Local and Regional
Authorities of Europe remains below 20%. These figures are clearly not
The CDEG is pleased to see that the part concerning
the Secretariat is quite detailed and gives a good analysis of the
situation. The CDEG wishes to congratulate Ms Monique Chalude,
the new Equality Administrator, on the good work she is doing, in
spite of the numerous barriers to gender equality that persist in the
Council of Europe.
As is explained in the report, the post of Equality
Administrator was vacant for one year, which means that the Equal
Opportunities Strategy adopted for the period 1997-1999 could not be
fully implemented and evaluated. The CDEG hopes that the work being
carried out by Monique Chalude, which, according to the introduction,
seems to have the full support of the Secretary General, will bear
The following positive points in the Ninth Report should be
the incorporation of equal opportunities questions into general
efforts to try and improve the situation of temporary staff
members, most of whom are women, and the adoption of a rule providing
for paid maternity leave for this category of staff;
action to prevent and combat sexual and moral harassment.
The CDEG reiterates its suggestion that the training courses be
evaluated in order to make them more efficient.
The most negative points are the very sharp decrease in the
overall number of women promoted at A level, and the persistence of a
very low number of women in the highest grades. The figures concerning
the number of men and women in the top four A grades (see page 36 of
the Report) show that no progress was made in 1999 in improving the
representation of women in senior decision-making posts.
As has been the case until now, the lack of women in higher
grades is most evident in the Directorates where political and
financial questions are tackled.
In the other categories of staff (B et C), there has been no
improvement in the number of women at the top levels of these
Concerning the reconciliation of professional and private life,
the CDEG notes that very few men have applied to work reduced hours.
No statistics are given concerning the categories of staff concerned,
and the CDEG feels that it would be interesting to have this
information. On the other hand, it is encouraging to note that more
men are making use of the possibility to take short parental leave.
After having examined the Ninth Report as a whole, the CDEG:
congratulates all those who have undertaken activities to
promote equality between women and men, both in the programme of
activities and on the staffing policy front;
regrets that, in spite of the political will clearly expressed
by the Committee of Ministers, Steering Committees make little use of
the strategy of gender mainstreaming in their work;
informs the Committee of Ministers that, in an attempt to
remedy this, it will launch a pilot project on gender mainstreaming
involving three or four Steering Committees in 2001 and follow
progress in this field;
hopes that, in the future, all sectors of the Council of
Europe will contribute to the Report;
suggests that training courses on equality between women and
men be systematically organised for all staff members, starting with
those in the highest posts, in order to speed up the changing of
attitudes and to create a new working culture more sympathetic to the
reconciliation of family/private life and professional life;
awaits with interest the adoption of concrete and effective
measures to encourage the access of women to upper A-grade posts, in
order to promote gender balance and democracy in decision-making
within the Organisation;
suggests that, in the future, the Report be divided into two
parts: one on the situation in the Secretariat and the other on the
activities of the Organisation. Should this be accepted, the CDEG
suggests that the report on the situation in the Secretariat be
published annually and the report on activities in the
intergovernmental programme be published every two or three years and
prepared in such a way as to make evaluation and comparison possible.