1040th meeting – 5 November 2008

Item 4.5

Thematic exchange of views on Council of Europe action to foster gender equality
(CM/Inf(2008)41)

Decisions

The Deputies

Having taken note of the information document on Council of Europe action in the field of gender equality (document CM/Inf(2008)41), underlined the importance of achieving de facto gender equality as well as a higher visibility of the Council of Europe’s action in this field and, in this perspective, agreed on the following measures in order to:

I. Improve gender mainstreaming

1. invited all committees and bodies set up by the Committee of Ministers, or with its authorisation, by virtue of Article 17 of the Council of Europe Statute, to include a gender perspective in their terms of reference in conformity with the Committee of Ministers’ Message to Steering Committees of the Council
of Europe encouraging them to use the gender mainstreaming strategy in their programmes of activities
(628th meeting, 15-16 April 1998);

2. welcomed the studies carried out by the Steering Committee for Equality between Women and Men (CDEG) for monitoring recommendations of the Committee of Ministers in the field of gender equality and instructed the CDEG to continue work in this field;

3. at the same time, reminded member states of the Committee of Ministers' recommendations in the field of gender equality and called upon them to fully implement the principles and measures contained in these texts;

II. Strengthen the work on gender equality within the structures of the Committee of Ministers

4. agreed to bear in mind the need for including a gender perspective into draft legal texts and declarations of the Council of Europe and invited their competent rapporteur groups to take account thereof when examining such matters;

5. invited their Thematic Co-ordinator on Equality between Women and Men (TC-EG) to regularly report on main developments and activities in his/her field of competence and to hold meetings as appropriate;

III. Ensure balanced participation in selection processes for different bodies, entities and committees of the Council of Europe and within the member states

6. recalled the principles established in Recommendation No. R (81) 6 on the participation of women and men in an equitable proportion in committees and other bodies set up in the Council of Europe and Recommendation Rec(2003)3 on balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision making and encouraged member states to strive for greater balance in lists of candidates during the selection processes of candidates for different bodies, entities and committees of the Council of Europe;

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7. required the Secretary General to prepare an annual report on the follow-up given to the above decisions as well as on the implementation of the gender equality policy in the Council of Europe, including within Council of Europe bodies, entities and committees to be presented to the Committee of Ministers;

8. instructed the Secretariat to communicate the above decisions to the different bodies, entities and committees of the Council of Europe so that they could take account of them.


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