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    CM(2004)7 12 January 2004
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    873 Meeting, 18 February 2004
    4 Human Rights


    4.1 Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG)

    Abridged report of the 29th meeting (Strasbourg, 3-5 December 2003)

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    LIST OF ITEMS DISCUSSED AND DECISIONS TAKEN

    1. The Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG) held its 29th meeting in the Palais de l'Europe in Strasbourg from 3 to 5 December 2003 with Ms Flora VAN HOUWELINGEN (The Netherlands) in the Chair. The list of participants can be obtained from the Directorate of Human Rights (DGII). The agenda, as adopted by the CDEG, is set out in Appendix I.

    2. The CDEG took note of the work of the Group of Specialists on the role of women and men in intercultural and inter-religious dialogue for the prevention of conflict, for peacebuilding and for democratisation (EG-S-DI) which represents the first follow-up activity of the 5th European Ministerial Conference on Equality between Women and Men (Skopje, 22-23 January 2003).

    3. The Committee held an exchange of views on the preparation of the 6th European Ministerial Conference on Equality between Women and Men. This conference will be held in Sweden. The CDEG, after consultation with the Swedish authorities, decided to hold this conference in June 2006. The Committee also held a first exchange of views on the possible themes for this conference.

    4. The CDEG took note of the work of the Ad Hoc Committee on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings (CAHTEH, in particular the state of preparation of the preliminary draft European Convention on action against trafficking in human beings. The Committee held an exchange of views to ensure proper coordination, at national level, between the different relevant ministries and governmental bodies. The CDEG also held an exchange of views on the concrete proposals which the CDEG representatives to the CAHTEH could put forward during the next meeting of the CAHTEH (8-10 December 2003) in order that the gender perspective be taken into account in the draft convention.

    5. The CDEG took note of the conclusions of the training seminar on drafting legislation for the protection of victims and victim-witnesses of trafficking in human beings (Strasbourg 8-10 September 2003) as well as the conclusions of the final seminar (Durres – Albania, 30 October – 1 November 2003) organised in the framework of the LARA project.

    6. The CDEG decided, as a follow-up to the Report on the impact of the use of new information technologies on trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation to organise a workshop on “Ethical Issues: trafficking in human beings and new technologies, gender issues” during the European Forum on Internet with a human face - a common responsibility. This Forum, which will take place in Warsaw on 26-27 March 2004, is organised by SafeBorders in collaboration with the Media Division of the Council of Europe in the framework of the European Commission's Safer Internet Action Plan. The CDEG decided to appoint Ms VAN HOUWELINGEN (Netherlands) as its representative to this European Forum.

    6. The CDEG examined the statistics on the indicators for measuring progress in the field of political and public decision-making provided by member states as a follow up to Recommendation Rec(2003)3 on the balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision-making (paragraph 44 of the Appendix to the Recommendation). The CDEG appointed two of its members, Ms NEUBAUER (Slovenia) and Ms ROMAO (Portugal), to prepare an analysis of these statistics. It also took note of the information on the follow-up given and to be given, at national level, to this recommendation.

    8. The Committee also decided, as a follow-up to Recommendation Rec (2003) 3 to prepare a study on the question of parental leave in the Council of Europe member states (legislation, facts and figures, trends in the use of such leave by women and men) in the framework of gender-balance reconciliation of professional and private life.

    9. The CDEG took note of the conclusions of the seminar “The Participation of Young Women in Political Life” (Strasbourg 16-17 September 2003) organised jointly with the Directorate of Youth and Sport in the framework of the Integrated Project I “Making Democratic Institutions Work”, presented by the General Rapporteur to the seminar; Ms ROMAO (Portugal).

    10. The Committee took note of the progress of work of the Group of Specialists on the implementation of and follow-up to Recommendation Rec(2002)5 of the Committee of Ministers to members states on the protection of women against violence (EG-S-MV). The Committee took note of the appointment of Ms JASPARD (France) to this group as a replacement of the Austrian expert who resigned.

    11. The Committee decided to organise a seminar on the therapeutic treatment of violent men in member states of the Council of Europe in the context of its programme of activities for 2004. This seminar will be a follow-up to the seminar on “Measures dealing with men perpetrators of domestic violence” organised jointly with the Integrated Project II “Responses to violence in everyday life in a democratic society” (Strasbourg 25-26 June 2003).

    12. The CDEG took note of the results of the 3rd meeting of the Informal Network of Experts on Gender Mainstreaming focused on gender mainstreaming at local and regional level. The Committee also took note of the work of the Commission on Social Cohesion of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities (CLRAE) of the Council of Europe on this subject as well as of the organisation by the CLRAE of a hearing on this subject on 22 and 23 March 2003 in Strasbourg. The Committee appointed three of its members to participate in this hearing. The Committee decided that the next meeting of the Informal Network will focus on gender mainstreaming in schools and will take place in the second semester of 2004.

    13. The CDEG took note of the work carried out by the Informal Group of Experts on gender budgeting. The Committee examined and adopted the draft terms of reference for a Group of Specialists on gender budgeting which is submitted to the Committee of Ministers for adoption (see Appendix II).

    14. The Committee took note of the results of the work of the Group of Specialists on promoting gender mainstreaming in schools (EG-S-GS) during its 4th and final meeting, in particular the preparation of a draft final report which will be submitted to the Committee at a later stage for comments, possible additions and approval.

    15. The Committee took note of the cooperation activities in the field of equality implemented in 2003 and those financed by voluntary contributions for 2004. It also took note of the requests for cooperation activities received for 2004 and 2005, underlining that no budget was allocated to these activities in the draft ordinary budget for 2004.

    16. The CDEG examined its priorities for the draft programme of activities for 2004 and proposals for 2005.

    17. Concerning the invitation of the Committee of Ministers the CDEG examined Recommendation 1610 (2003) of the Parliamentary Assembly on Migration connected with trafficking in women and prostitution and noted that the proposals set out in the recommendation had been taken into account by the CAHTEH in the drafting of the future convention on action against trafficking in human beings.

    18 The CDEG presented, taking into account assessment of former experiences, proposals concerning contributions of the Council of Europe to the 48th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women of the United Nations (March 2004), including the possibility of organising a side event.

    19. In accordance with Article 17 and 18 of Appendix 2 to Resolution (76) 3 on committee structures, terms of reference and working methods, the Committee elected Ms VARNAVIDOU (Cyprus) as Chair for one year, as from 5 December 2003, and Ms SCHROEDER (Luxembourg) as Vice-Chair for one year, as from 5 December 2003. It renewed the composition of its Bureau by electing Ms GROZDANOVA (“the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia”) for a period of one year (expiry of term of office 31 December 2004), Ms OMAROVA (Azerbaijan) for a 2nd term of office of two years (expiry of term of office 31 December 2005 and Ms SILVELL (Sweden) for a period of two years (expiry of term of office 31 December 2005). The terms of office of Ms SALOMON (Norway) and of Ms SEMENESCU (Romania) will expire on 31 December 2004.

    20. The Committee took note of the replies adopted by the Committee of Ministers on
    24 September 2003, at the 853rd meeting of the Deputies Ministers', to Recommendations 1591 (2003)
    and 1564 (2002) of the Parliamentary Assembly on Challenges of social policy in Europe's ageing societies and on the State of the world population.

    21. The Committee took note of the information provided by the Secretariat concerning the work and progress made in the field of equality within different bodies of the Council of Europe. It also took note of measures undertaken to promote equality within the Council of Europe as well as the implementation of the Integrated Projects.

    22. The Committee took note of the information provided by the representative of Italy, as the country holding the Presidency of the Council of Ministers of the European Union, in relation to developments in the field of equality in the framework of the European Union.

    23. 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 30th meeting and fixed the dates of its forthcoming meetings.

    Appendix I

    AGENDA

    1. Opening of the meeting

    I. ITEMS FOR DECISION

    2. Adoption of the draft agenda

    3. Follow-up to the 5th European Ministerial Conference on equality between women and men (Skopje, 22-23 January 2003)

    3.1 Reports of the first and second meetings of the Group of Specialists on the role of women and men in intercultural and inter-religious dialogue for the prevention of conflict, for peacebuilding and for democratisation (EG-S-DI), Strasbourg, 19-20 June and 18-19 November 2003

    4. Preparation of the 6th European ministerial Conference on Equality between women and men

    5. Report on the work of the Ad hoc Committee on action against trafficking in human beings (CAHTEH)

    6. Follow-up to Recommendation No R (2000) 11 on action against trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation

    6.1 LARA project – final activity report
    6.2 Follow-up to the report on the impact of the use of new information technologies on trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation

    7. Activities in the field of balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision-making

    7.1 Follow-up to Recommendation Rec(2003)3 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision making
    7.2 Information on the Joint Seminar on the participation of young women in political life, Strasbourg, 16-17 September 2003

    8. Follow-up to Recommendation Rec(2002)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the protection of women against violence

    8.1 Report of the third meeting of the Group of Specialists on the implementation of and follow-up to Recommendation Rec(2002)5 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the protection of women against violence (EG-S-MV), Strasbourg, 8-10 October 2003
    8.2 Report of the Joint Seminar on “Measures dealing with men perpetrators of domestic violence within the family”, Strasbourg, 25-26 June 2003

    9. Activities in the field of Gender Mainstreaming

    9.1 Report on the third meeting of the Informal Network of experts on gender mainstreaming, Strasbourg, 10 September 2003
    9.2 Report of the third meeting of the Informal Group of experts on genderbudgeting Strasbourg, 5-7 November 2003
    9.3 Report of the fourth and final meeting of the Group of Specialists on promoting gender mainstreaming in schools (EG-S-GS), Strasbourg, 26-28 November 2003
    9.4 Activities in co-operation with other Council of Europe bodies

    10. Co-operation activities of the Council of Europe – progress of implementation

    11. Draft Programme of Activities for 2004 and priorities for 2005

    12. Information and possible comments on Parliamentary Assembly Recommendation 1610 (2003)

    13. 48th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (March 2004)

    14. Elections

    15. Items to be placed on the agenda of the 30th meeting of the CDEG

    16. Dates and places of forthcoming meetings

    II. ITEMS FOR INFORMATION

    17. Information on Council of Europe activities

    17.1 Decisions of the Committee of Ministers of concern to the CDEG
    17.2 Integrated Projects
    17.3 Information on the work of the Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men of the Parliamentary Assembly and on the work of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe
    17.4 Information on the work of other Council of Europe bodies
    17.5 Other recent developments concerning equality of interest to the CDEG

    18. Information on the activities of the European Union and observers to the CDEG

    19. Date of the 30th meeting of the CDEG

    20. ADOPTION OF THE LIST OF ITEMS DISCUSSED AND DECISIONS TAKEN

    Appendix II

    TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR A GROUP OF SPECIALISTS ON GENDER BUDGETING

    1. Name of the Committee: Group of specialists on gender budgeting
    (EG-S-GB)

    2. Type of Committee: Committee of experts

    3. Source of Terms of Reference: Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG)

    4. Terms of reference:

    Under the authority of the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG), and in order to promote the strategy of gender mainstreaming through the method consisting of integrating a gender perspective into the budgetary process (gender budgeting), the group of specialists is instructed to prepare a report containing a definition of gender budgeting and guidelines for its implementation as well as examples of initiatives at local, regional, national and international level.

    When preparing this report, the group shall take due account of the work already carried out in this area by the CDEG, as well as by the European Union, the Nordic Council of Ministers and other international organisations.

    5. Composition

    a. The group is composed of six specialists from member states.

    b. The Council of Europe budget will bear the travelling and subsistence expenses of one specialist from each of the above-mentioned countries. Other member states with an interest in the work of the group can appoint specialists to attend the meetings of the group at their own expense.

    c. Desirable qualifications of persons serving on the group of specialists: experts and researchers in issues related to gender mainstreaming, especially the introduction of a gender perspective in the budgetary process.

    d. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of Europe may each appoint a representative to attend meetings of the group, without the right to vote but with defrayal of expenses at the charge of their respective Votes of the Ordinary Budget.

    e. The Advisory Committee on Equal Opportunities for Women and Men of the European Commission and the Committee on Women's Rights and Equal Opportunities of the European Parliament may send representatives to attend meetings of the group, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.
     
    6. Working methods:

    Within the framework of its terms of reference, the EG-S-GB shall have the possibility to have whatever contacts or consultations with interested professionals and others that it deems necessary for the implementation of its terms of reference, in particular through hearings or written consultations. It may also have recourse to consultants.
     
    7. Duration of the terms of reference:
     
    These terms of reference expire on 31 December 2004.



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