988th meeting – 21-22 February 2007

Appendix 6
(Item 4.2b)

Terms of reference of the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG)

Fact sheet

Name of Committee:

Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG)

Compliance with Resolution Res(2005)47:

YES

Programme of Activities: project(s)

2004/DG2/31 Balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision making
2004/DG2/32 Gender mainstreaming
2004/DG2/75 Protection of women against violence, including domestic violence
2004/DG2/77 Action against trafficking in human beings
2005/DG2/450 Equality standards and mechanisms
2004/DG2/VC/390 Action against trafficking in human beings in Montenegro
2005/DG2/VC/405 The misuse of Internet for the recruitment of victims of trafficking in human beings
2005/DG2/VC/555 Information material for victims, potential victims and witnesses on trafficking in human beings
2005/DG2/VC/584 Policies and measures for the promotion of gender equality, including in economic life
2005/DG2/VC/585 Protection of the rights of victims of trafficking in human beings

2006/DG2/VC/1028 Council of Europe Campaign to Combat Violence against Women, including Domestic Violence

Project relevance:

1. Third Summit Action Plan Chapters:
Chapter I (Promoting common fundamental values: human rights, rule of law and democracy): I.3 (Strengthening democracy, good governance and the rule of law in member states)
Chapter II (Strengthening the security of European citizens): II.3 (Combating trafficking in human beings) and II.4 (Combating violence against women)
2. Contribution to core values:
- Equal participation of both women and men is a crucial element of democracy (Action Plan of the Third Summit);
- strengthen gender mainstreaming in national policies (Action Plan of the Third Summit);
- combat trafficking in human beings which undermines the enjoyment of human rights and is an offence to the dignity and integrity of the human being (Action Plan of the Third Summit);
- combat any interference with women’s liberty and dignity and combat violence against women (Action Plan of the Third Summit).
3. Committee of Ministers’ decisions:
Committee of Ministers’ decision CM/Del/Dec(2003)864/2.4 (Follow-up to the monitoring by the Committee of Ministers of compliance with commitments by member states on the theme “Equality between women and men”).
4. Political justification/framework:
Declaration on Equality of Women and Men adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 16 November 1988 at its 83rd Session; Resolution and Plan of Action of the 5th European Ministerial Conference on Equality between Women and Men (Skopje, 22-23 January 2003); Resolution and Plan of Action of the 6th European Ministerial Conference on Equality between Women and Men (Stockholm, 8-9 June 2006).
5. Consolidation, promotion, implementation of Council of Europe standards:
Reinforce action against trafficking in human beings at national and international levels with the entry into force of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings;
Adoption of measures by member states to increase the number of women participating in political and public decision making, including in conflict prevention and resolution (Recommendation Rec(2003)3 on Balanced Participation of Women and Men in political and public decision making and draft recommendation on the role of women and men in conflict prevention and resolution and in peace building);
Adoption of national legislation, policy and practice in conformity with the standards contained in Recommendation Rec(2002)5 on the protection of women against violence;
Development of tools and instruments by member states for achieving the effective implementation of the gender mainstreaming strategy (Recommendation No. R (98) 14
on gender mainstreaming);
Strengthen gender equality through the adoption, dissemination and implementation of the draft recommendation on equality standards and mechanisms which is a practical tool to assist states in developing effective national legislation, policies and mechanisms in this field.

Project added value:

The CDEG, which is composed of representatives of the 46 member states, specialists in gender equality issues, plays an essential role in promoting gender equality standards and policies both in member states and within the Council of Europe. It has a pioneering role in elaborating European standards, in particular in:
- action against trafficking in human beings: the CDEG was the first to examine this issue at the end of the 80s. Its work lead to the drafting of the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, first international instrument to propose a global approach: prevention of trafficking, protection of victims and prosecution of traffickers;
- balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision making. It set out in Recommendation Rec(2003)3 a threshold of 40% for a balanced participation; this threshold was adopted by several member states;
- protection of women against violence. The CDEG has been working on this issue since the end of the 70s. Recommendation Rec(2002)5, which is the outcome of long studies and research, is the first international instrument in this field; it proposed a global and integrated approach to deal with all the issues related to this problem.
- gender mainstreaming. The CDEG was the first organ to launch work on this strategy. Its report on gender mainstreaming is considered as a seminal text in this field and the CDEG’s definition of this strategy has been adopted by member states and international organisations, such as the Nordic Council of Ministers; with the support of the Committee of Ministers (message to steering committees, 1998), it also promotes this strategy within the Council of Europe and other steering committees (preparation, inter alia, of a draft recommendation with the health sector and of a draft recommendation with the education sector). It promotes within member states and the Council of Europe the gender budgeting tool and its definition of gender budgeting was endorsed in a Resolution of the Committee on women's rights and equal opportunities which was adopted by the European Parliament.

Financial information:

One annual meeting of the Committee, 46 members + Chair, 3 days
Annual budget: €57 150, of which:
- €47 500 for reimbursement of 47 participants in the meeting (travel costs + per diem);
- €5 850 for interpretation;
- €3 000 for translation;
- €800 for document production.

Two meetings of the CDEG Bureau, 7 members, 2 days
Annual budget €22 000 of which:
- €13 000 for reimbursement of 7 participants in the meeting (travel costs + per diems);
- €7 800 for interpretation;
- €1 000 for translation;
- €200 for document production.

Terms of reference of the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG)

1.

Name of Committee:

Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG)

2.

Type of Committee:

Steering Committee

3.

Source of terms of reference:

Committee of Ministers

4.

Terms of reference:

-

Having regard to:

the Declaration and Action Plan of the Third Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe (Warsaw, 16-17 May 2005), as well as the Resolution and the Action Plan adopted during the 6th European Ministerial Conference on Equality between Women and Men (Stockholm, 8-9 June 2006);

-

Council of Europe conventions and recommendations in the field of gender equality and trafficking in human beings.

 

Within the framework of the Programme of Activities, under Programmes I.3.3 “Protection of persons against threats to their dignity and their integrity” and III.1.3 “Gender equality for a functioning democracy” the Committee is instructed to:

i.

promote the adoption and implementation of common gender equality standards, the setting up of mechanisms for gender equality, the use of specific gender equality policies and an efficient use of gender mainstreaming including gender budgeting and of gender equality tools, as well as a balanced participation of women and men in politics and decision making in all spheres of society, including in the economic field;

ii.

reinforce action to protect the dignity and integrity of persons, by preventing and combating violence against women and trafficking in human beings, and in particular by promoting and protecting the human rights of the victims, and by taking initiatives in the context of the Council of Europe Campaign to Combat Violence against Women, including Domestic Violence, and of the Council of Europe Campaign on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings;

iii.

promote co-operation between member states with a view to achieving de facto gender equality as an integral part of human rights, a sine qua non of genuine democracy and a factor of economic development and progress, and to stimulate actions at both national and Council of Europe level, having regard to activities undertaken within other international organisations;

iv.

prepare the European Ministerial conferences on equality between women and men and ensure the follow-up thereto, having regard to the relevant decisions of the Committee of Ministers;

v.

continue its action to promote and develop the use of the strategy of gender mainstreaming in all programmes and activities within the Council of Europe, and in this context develop and/or undertake activities in co-operation with other Council of Europe steering committees and bodies in the different policy fields;

vi.

While taking account of the progress of this work, prepare, under its responsibility, proposals for the Programme of Activities for the coming years.

5.

Composition of the Committee:

5.A

Members

Governments of member states are entitled to appoint representatives of the highest possible rank and with the following qualifications: persons with high-level responsibility for policies in favour of equality between women and men, or other highly qualified specialists.

 

The Council of Europe budget will bear the travel and subsistence expenses of one representative from each member state (two in the case of the state whose representative has been elected Chair).

5.B

Participants

i.

The Parliamentary Assembly may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

ii.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

iii.

The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of its administrative budget.

iv.

The Conference of INGOs of the Council of Europe may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote and at the charge of the sending body.

5.C

Other participants

i.

The European Commission may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

ii.

The states with observer status with the Council of Europe (Canada, Holy See, Japan, Mexico, United States of America) may send a representative to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

iii.

The following international intergovernmental organisations may send representatives to meetings of the Steering Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses:

- United Nations: appropriate organs and specialised agencies;
- Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR-OSCE).

5.D

Observers

 

The following non-member states:

- Republic of Montenegro;

may send (a) representative(s) to meetings of the Committee, without the right to vote or defrayal of expenses.

6.

Working methods and structures:

 

Within the framework of its terms of reference, the CDEG shall have the possibility to have whatever contacts or consultations with professional bodies that it deems necessary for the implementation of its terms of reference. The Bureau of the CDEG comprises seven members.

7.

Duration:

 

These terms of reference will expire on 31 December 2008.



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