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“EUROMEDITERRANEAN CHARTER FOR EQUALITY BETWEEN WOMEN AND MEN IN LOCAL LIFE”

Contents The following text is provisional and must be considered as a stating point for deeper reflection. The final Charter will be published after the international meetings of the Elaboration Team. Anyway the Charter belongs to every European and Mediterranean citizen: give your contribution, leave your opinion and remarks! Français & Italiano ENGLISH “EUROMEDITERRANEAN CHARTER FOR EQUALITY BETWEEN WOMEN AND MEN IN LOCAL LIFE” ART.1 – RESPECT OF HUMAN RIGHTS The Signatory recognizes that the right to equality of women and men is a fundamental prerequisite of democracy and the contribution to local life in a social,economic and cultural field made by knowledge, know-how, practices and women’s creativeness. The signatory commits itself: - to ensure participation, representation and inclusion of women - to promote actions and politics aimed to break down difficulties for the women’s insertion in a decocratic life and discrimination and integrate the gender perspective as transversal in every choices and political practices which will promote for administration of local life as democratic leader of the local community, provider and commissioner of services, planner and regulator, and as employer. GENERAL FRAMEWORK ART. N. ….General committment 1. The Signatory will, in relation to all its competences, recognize, respect and promote the relevant rights and principles of equality of women and men, and combat disadvantage and discrimination related to gender. 2. The commitments set out in this Charter apply to a Signatory only where they, or relevant aspects of them, fall within its legal powers. ART. N…Gender assessment 1. The Signatory undertakes, in relation to each of its areas of competence, to undertake gender assessments, as set out in this Article. 2. to this end the Signatory in accordance with its own priorities, resources and timescales, to be included or taken into account in its art. 1 of this Charter, the Signatory undertakes to draw up a programme for implementation of its gender assessments 3. Gender assessments shall include, as relevant, the following steps: Reviewing existing policies, procedures, practices and patterns and volumes of usage, in order to assess whether they disclose any unfair discrimination, whether they are based on gender stereotypes, and whether they adequately take into account any specific needs of women and men Identifying the priorities and, as appropriate, targets in order to improve supplies and women’s involvment in democratic life. Taking account of the needs or interests of those experiencing multiple discrimination or disadvantage. Art. N… Multiple Discrimination or Disadvantage 1. The Signatory recognizes that discrimination on any grounds such as sex, race, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation is prohibited. 2. The Signatory further recognizes that despite this prohibition, many women and men suffer from multiple discrimination or disadvantage, including socio-economic disadvantage, which has a direct impact on their ability to exercise the other rights set out and referred to in this Charter. 3. The Signatory commits itself, across the range of its competences, to take all reasonable actions to combat the effects of multiple discrimination or disadvantage including: taking specific measures to address the particular needs of migrant women and men accomodated in the refugee camps or welcomed in the local communities THE POLITICAL ROLE ART. N… Political Representation 1. The Signatory recognizes the equal rights of women and men to vote, to be a candidate for and to hold elected office. 2. The Signatory recognises the equal rights of women and men to participate in the formulation and implementation of policy, to hold public office and to perform all public functions at all levels of government. 3. The Signatory recognizes the principle of balanced representation on all elected and public decisionmaking bodies. 4. The Signatory commits itself to take all reasonablemeasures in support of the above rights and principle, including: to encourage women’s participation in associations to encourage the women committment in training activity in politics and development and management of territory to encourage women to register to vote, to exercise their individual voting rights and to be a candidate for public office to encourage political parties and groups to adopt and implement the principle of balanced representation of women and men to this end, to encourage the political parties and groups to take all lawful steps to increase the number of women selected as candidates and thereafter elected; to regulate its own procedures and standards of conduct, so that potential candidates and elected representatives are not discouraged by stereotypical forms of behaviour and language, or by harassment; to adopt measures to enable elected representatives to reconcile their private, work and public life, for example by ensuring that timetables, working methods and availability of dependent care allow all elected representatives to participate fully. 5. The Signatory commits itself to promote and apply the principle of balanced representation to its own decision-making and consultative bodies, and in its appointments to external bodies. However, where the authority does not currently enjoy a balanced representation of women and men, it will implement the above on a basis no less favourable to the minority gender than its current gender balance. 6. It furthermore commits itself to ensure that no public or political post to which it appoints or elects a representative is, in principle or in practice, restricted to or seen as the normal role of one gender, due to stereotypical attitudes. ART. N. Participation in Political and Civic Life 1. The Signatory recognizes that the right of women and men to participate in the conduct of public affairs is a fundamental democratic principle, and that women and men have the right to participate equally in the governance and public life of their region, municipality, and local community. 2. In relation to the different forms of public participation in its own affairs, for example via advisory committees, neighbourhood councils, eparticipation or participatory planning exercises, the Signatory commits itself to ensure that women and men are able to participate equally in practice.Where existing means of participation do not lead to such equality, it undertakes to develop and test new methods. 3. The Signatory undertakes to promote the active participation in its political and civic life of women and men from all sections of the community, in particular of women and men from minority groups who may otherwise be excluded. ART. N… The Public Commitment for Equality 1. The Signatory shall, as the democratic leader and representative for its community and territory, make a formal public commitment to the principle of equality between women and men in local life 2. The Signatory will use its democratic mandate to encourage other political and public institutions and private bodies, and civil society organisations, to take actions to ensure, in practice, the right to equality of women and men. ART. N… The cross-cutting dimension of equality The Signatory is aware that the issue of gender equality has a cross-party to all practices and political decisions taken in a public life. For this gender perspective in terms of equality should not only be subject to policies and actions, but must be a cross-party issue in all areas of intervention of the institution that is the signatory represent. ART. N… Cooperation with partners and civil society 1.In light of the art. No … The cross-cutting dimension of equality and to ensure full adherence to the demands of the citizenship, the Signatory undertakes to work with all partners in the public and private sector and in particular with civil society partners to promote greater equality in all aspects of life in its territory. 2. The Signatory will consult and involve the institutions of civil society for the important aspects related to equality, even in its cross-party dimension ART. N… Countering Stereotypes 1. The Signatory commits itself to counter and, so far as possible, prevent prejudices, practices and use of language and images which are based on the idea of the superiority or inferiority of either of the sexes, or on stereotyped roles for women and men. 2. To this end, the Signatory will ensure that its own public and internal communications are fully in accordance with this commitment, and that they promote positive gender images and examples 3. The Signatory will also help its staff, by training and other means, to identify and eliminate stereotypical attitudes and behaviour, and will also regulate standards of behaviour in this regard. 4. The Signatory will conduct activities and campaigns to raise awareness of the detrimental role played by gender stereotypes to the achievement of equality of women and men. ART. N…Good Administration and Consultation 1. The Signatory recognizes the right of women and men to have their affairs handled equally, impartially, fairly and within a reasonable time, including: The right to be heard before any individual decision which might affect them adversely is taken The duty of the authority to give reasons for its decisions The right to relevant information on matters affecting them. 2. The Signatory recognizes that, across the range of its competences, the quality of its policies and decisionmaking are likely to be enhanced if all those who may be affected have an opportunity, at a formative stage, to be consulted,and that it is essential that women and men are given in practice equal access to relevant information. 3. The Signatory therefore commits itself to take the following steps as appropriate: Ensuring that arrangements for providing information take into account the needs of women and men, including their respective access to information and communication technologies Ensuring that where consultation takes place, those whose views are otherwise least likely to be heard are able to participate equally in the consultation process, and that lawful positive actions are taken to ensure that this happens Conducting, where appropriate, separate consultation activities for women. HEALTH Art. N…. 1. The Signatory recognizes the right of everyone to the enjoyment of a high standard of physical and mental health, and affirms that access to good quality health care and medical treatment and preventative health care for women and men is essential for the realization of this right. 2. The Signatory recognizes that in securing equal opportunities for women and men to enjoy good health, medical and health services must take account of their different needs. They further recognise that these needs arise not only from biological differences, but also from differences in living and working conditions and from stereotypical attitudes and assumptions. 3. The Signatory commits itself to take all reasonable actions, within the range of its responsibilities, to promote and secure the highest levels of good health of women and men. To this end, the Signatory undertakes to carry out or promote, as appropriate, the following measures: Incorporating a gender based approach to the planning, resourcing and delivery of health and medical services Ensuring hospital facilities to rural and peripheral areas ensuring activities aiming at promoting population’s health, including encouraging a healthy diet and physical execise Ensure that those involved in the delivery of social care and social services recognise the ways in which gender affects those services, and take into account women’s and men’s different experience of that care. Ensure that women and men have access to adequate information on health issues Ensuring free health services and promotion activities aimed for diagnosis and prevention of diseases related to gender, such as breast cancer and cervix Ensuring that women and men, including those living in rural and peripheral areas, have equal access to appropriate information about health, hygienical and dietary practices. GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE ART. N…Coercion, assault and battery,stalking and sexual abuse 1. The Signatory recognizes that gender-based violence, which disproportionately affects women, constitute a violation of fundamental human rights and isan offence to the dignity and to the physical and emotional integrity of human beings. 2. The signatory recognizes as equally serious other forms of violence that are not necessarily in the rape, such as physical violence and psychological, intended as intentional behavior aimed at seriously compromise a person’s psychological integrity through coercion or threats. 3. The Signatory recognizes perpetration of oppressive acts such as stalking as a kind of violence 4. The Signatory therefore commits itself to establish and strengthen policies and actions against gender-based psychological and physical violence, including stalking: Providing or assisting specific support structures for victims Providing public information, in each of the mainly used local languages, on the assistance available in the area Ensuring that professional staff have training in identifying and supporting victims Promoting awareness-raising campaigns and educational programmes aimed at potential and actual victims and perpetrators. ART. N…genital mutilation 1. The firmatory recognises that any practice that involves the whole of excision, infibulation or any other mutilation of the great labia, labia minora or removal of the clitoris is violation of the integrity and dignity of the person. 2. Under the terms of section 1 of this article, the signatory is committed, as part of its political and institutional power, to: providing awareness campaigns against genital mutilation including training in schools in order to discourage the mutilation to be perpetuated including in the aid centre for women victims of violence (ART.N. physical, psychological, sexual abuse and stalking) a support and if required a place where can denounce those facts putting pressure on the central government, individually or in consortium with other local institutions, so to push it to promulgate law for the penalization and prohibition the practices of female genital mutilation. ART. N…Forced marriage 1 . The signatory acknowledges an arrange marriage as a unequivocal violation of human freedom as well as drafted in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 2. The signatory undertakes to establish and strengthen policies and actions against this discriminatory practice and damaging to human dignity of women including: Promoting awareness-raising campaign and education programmes addressed to groups involved (members of families, young people, ect…) Promoting an aid branch to women whose put pressure from families inside aid structures to the victims of abuse (ART N violence,sexual assault, psychological damage) ART. N….. Human trafficking 1. The Signatory recognizes that the crime of humans trafficking which involves women and girls in an eccessive way is a violation of the fundamental human right and it is an offense to the physical and moral human dignity. 2. The Signatory agrees to implement and strengthen policies and actions in order to prevent human trafficking as follows: by means of information and awareness raising campaign aimed to treat as a no-criminal the victims and imposing sanctions against users; by means of training programmes addressed to teams in charge of identify and bring help to victims; by means of take the necessary steps removing the demand by means of programmes appropiate measures for victims’ support, health treatment included, council housing, interpreter and cultural mediator ART. N… Social Assistence Units With reference to last art. N health) and art.(gender violence,forced matrimony and trade) whereas its competence, the signatory is committed to create psychological and social assistance units and a protective measure with a task force composed of skilled labour such as doctors, psychologists, social workers, lawyers able to: providing medical treatment, psychological help and legal aid to women victims of violence and trade giving medical treatment, psychological help and legal aid to refugee women escaped from wars or under persecution giving psychological help and legal aid to widows, especially to women living in conflicts regions giving moral support and giving them and to their children a chance to re-build an independent existence providing assistance and psichological,social and legal aid to the victims of forced marriage providing assistance and psichological, social and legal aid to the potential victims of genital mutilation and/or parents; providing prevention sexually pathology given by means of free tests (be it for some period of the year setting the month of prevention up) EDUCATION ART. N…Equal access to education 1. The Signatory recognises the right to education for everyone,both women and men,and undertakes promoting the access to the education.Where, in accordance with its istitutional authorities, the Signatory undertakes promoting actions aiming at fill the gap between downtown and outskirts, cities and country, in case there’s a difference in social conditions’ children whose have a rights to education 2. The Signatory recognises the need to eliminate any stereotyped concept of the roles of women and men in all forms of education. In order to do this it undertakes to carry out or promote, as appropriate, the following measures: Promoting the women’s education and fighting illiteracy where necessary like in rural or marginalized areas Promoting actions aimed to fight the womens’ precocious educational renunciation The revision of educational materials, of school and other educational programmes and teaching methods, to ensure that they combat stereotypical attitudes and practices or, if such a revision is not among its institutional power, promoting extra-school activities aiming at opposing stereotyped practices The undertaking of specific actions to encourage non-traditional career choices The specific inclusion, within courses of civic education and education for citizenship, of elements that emphasize the importance of the equal participation of women and men in the democratic processes. Recognising equal opportunities to scholarships and other grants for women and men with an equal economic conditions and CV 3. The Signatory recognises that the ways in which schools and other educational establishments are governed represents important models for children and young people. It therefore undertakes to promote the balanced representation of women and men at all levels of school management and governance. ART. N. Lifelong learning 1. The Signatory recognises the right to education literacy for everyone undertaking to apply the same rules for men and women regarding the entrance to training and literacy campaign 2. The Signatory undertakes, within the range of its competences, to secure or promote equal access to education and vocational and continuing training for women and men, girls and boys 3. The signatory commit itself to facilitate attendance at classes thanks to the social services’ development for childhood and for the dependent relatives’ care; 4. The signatory recognizes the importance of a significant training boosting women’s entrepreneurial activity in the countryside too in order to benefit from the woman’s inclusion in the economic and production cycle. At that end, the signatory commits itself in the execution of its institutional own roles: providing, organizing and offering training courses for the know-how strengthening and women’s empowerment JOB Art. N… ROLE AS EMPLOYER 1. The Signatory in its role as employer recognises the right to equality of women and men in regard to all aspects of employment, including work organisation, wages and working conditions. payment and work conditions and therefore The Signatory commits itself to use the same evaluation rules and selection and recruitment of personnel 2. The Signatory recognises the right to the reconciliation of professional, social and private life and the right to dignity and security in the workplace. 3. The Signatory commits itself to take all reasonable measures, including positive action within its legal powers, in support of the above rights. The measures referred to in (3) include the following: (a) a review of relevant policies and procedures relating to employment within its organisation, and inter alia covering: Equal pay, including equal pay for work of equal value Arrangements for reviewing pay, remuneration, pay systems and pensions Measures to ensure fair and transparent promotion and career development opportunities Measures to ensure a balanced representation of women and men at all levels, in particular to address any imbalance at senior management levels Measures to tackle any sex-based job segregation, and to encourage employees to take on nontraditional employment Measures to ensure fair recruitment Measures to ensure appropriate, healthy and safe working conditions Procedures for consultation with employees and their trade unions ensuring a balanced participation of women and men on any consultation or negotiating body (b) opposing sexual harassment in the workplace, understood as any unwelcomed behaviour form, spoken or not spoken or bodily, sexually impulsive with the aim or effect to violate person dignity, especially when this behaviour could favour an intimidatory,hostile,degrading, humiliating or offensive climate, by making a clear statement that such behaviour is unacceptable; by adding disciplinary sanctions, including dismissal, in the internal regulation of the local institution; by supporting victims, by introducing and implementing transparent policies to deal with perpetrators, and by raising awareness of the issue; (c) Moving towards a workforce at all levels of the organisation which reflects the social, economic and cultural diversity of their local population. (d) Supporting the reconciliation of professional, social and private life by: introducing policies which allow, where appropriate, adjustments of working time and arrangements for care for dependants for employees; encouraging men to take up their entitlement to leave to care for dependants. ART. N. Childcare The Signatory recognizes the essential role that good quality, affordable childcare, available to all parents and carers, whatever their financial situation, plays in promoting true equality between women and men, and in enabling them to reconcile their work, public and private lives and active participation in political life The Signatory further recognizes the contribution that such childcare makes to the economic and social life and fabric of the local community and of society at large 2. The Signatory commits itself to make the provision and promotion of such childcare, directly or through other providers, one of its priorities. It further undertakes to encourage the provision of such child care by others, including the provision of, or support for, child care by local employers. 3. The Signatory further recognizes that the upbringing of children requires a sharing of responsibility between men and women and society as a whole, and undertakes to counter the gender stereotype according to which child care is seen as being mainly the task or responsibility of women. SERVICES ART. N… 1. The Signatory recognizes that, in carrying out its tasks and obligations in relation to public procurement, including contracts for the supply of products, the provision of services, or the execution of works, it has a responsibility to promote equality of women and men. 2. The Signatory recognizes that this responsibility is of particular significance where it proposes to contract out to another legal entity the provision of an important service to the public, for which the Signatory is by law responsible. In such cases, the Signatory will ensure that the legal entity that wins the contract (whatever its type of ownership): - has the same responsibilities to ensure or promote equality of women and men as the Signatory would have had if it had provided the service directly. – The Signatory will ensure a running which had equality conditions being equal ethical standards, inner regulations in order to punish sexual harassment, maternity leave right to female workers,etc…) 3. The Signatory further undertakes to implement, wherever it considers appropriate, the following steps: (a)for each significant contract it proposes to enter into, to consider the relevant gender implications and the opportunities for lawfully promoting equality; (b) to ensure that contractual specifications take into account the gender equality objectives for the contract; (c) to ensure that the other contractual terms and conditions for the relevant contract take into account and reflect those objectives; (d) to make its staff or advisers responsible for public procurement tasks and the letting of contracts aware of the gender equality dimension of their work, including via training for this purpose; (e) to ensure that the terms of a main contract include the requirement that sub-contractors should also comply with the relevant obligations to promote gender equality. ART. N….. SOCIAL CARE 1. The Signatory recognises that everyone has the right to necessary social services and to benefit from social assistance in the event of need. 2.The Signatory recognises that women and men have different needs which may arise from differences in their social and economic conditions and other factors. Therefore in order to ensure that women and men have equal access to social care and social services the Signatory will take all reasonable measures to: Incorporate a gender based approach to the planning, resourcing and delivery of social care and social services Ensure that those involved in the delivery of social care and social services recognise the ways in which gender affects those services, and take into account women’s and men’s different experience of that care. ART. N….. CARE OF OTHER DEPENDANTS 1. The Signatory recognises that women and men have responsibilities to care for dependants other than children and that this responsibility may affect their ability to play a full role in economic and social life. 2. The Signatory further recognises that such caring responsibilities fall disproportionately on women and are therefore a barrier to equality of women and men. 3. The Signatory commits itself to counter this inequality by, as appropriate: Making the provision and promotion of high quality, affordable care for dependants, directly or through other providers, one of its priorities and those services should cover the whole territory that lie under its jurisdiction rural and suburbs areas included Providing support and promoting opportunities for those suffering social isolation as a result of their caring responsibilities Campaigning against the stereotype which assumes that caring for dependants is primarily the responsibility of women. ART. N… SOCIAL INCLUSION 1. The Signatory recognises that everyone has the right to protection against poverty and social exclusion and furthermore that women, in general, are more likely to suffer from social exclusion because they have less access to resources, goods, services and opportunities than men. 2. The Signatory therefore undertakes, across the full range of its services and activities, and working with social partners, with civil societies associations particularly, to take measures within the framework of an overall co-ordinated approach to: Promote the effective access of all of those who live or risk living in a situation of social exclusion or poverty, to employment, housing, training, education, culture, information and communication technologies, social and medical assistance Recognise the particular needs and situation of women experiencing social exclusion Promote the integration of migrant women and men, taking into account their specific needs. ART. N….. HOUSING 1. The Signatory recognizes the right to housing, and affirms that access to good quality housing represents one of the most essential human needs, vital to the well-being of the individual and his or her family. 2. The Signatory recognizes further that women and men often have specific and distinct needs in relation to housing which must be taken fully into account, including the fact that: (a) On average, women have less income and resources than men, and therefore require housing that is affordable for them; (b) Women are the head of household in most single parent families, with consequent needs for access to social housing; (c) Vulnerable men are often over-represented amongst the homeless. 3.The Signatory therefore commits itself, as appropriate: (a) To provide or promote access to housing of an adequate size and standard and with a decent living environment for all, and accessible to essential services; (b) To take steps to prevent homelessness, and in particular to provide assistance to the homeless, based on criteria of need, vulnerability and nondiscrimination; (c) To assist, according to their powers, in making the price of housing accessible to those without adequate resources. 4. The Signatory also undertakes to ensure or to promote the equal right of women and men to be the tenant, owner, or other form of property-holder, of their home, and also, to that end, to use its powers or influence to ensure that women have equal access to mortgages and other forms of financial assistance and credit for housing purposes. CULTURE AND RECREATION ART. N….. Culture and recreation 1. Signatory recognizes the right of everyone to take part in cultural life in every points of view sports and recreational activities and to enjoy the arts . 2. The Signatory furthermore recognizes the role that sport plays in contributing to the life of the community and to securing the rights to health as outlined in Article Health. and therefore the Signatory commits itself: - promoting campaign on sport effects for women,men and kids health 3 It also recognises that women and men have the right to equal access to cultural, recreational and sporting activities and facilities. 4. The Signatory recognizes that women and men may have different experiences and interests in relation to culture, sport and recreation and that these may be the result of gender-stereotyped attitudes and actions, and therefore commits itself to carry out or promote measures including, as appropriate: - Ensuring that women and men, boys and girls have equal provision and access to sporting, recreation and cultural facilities and activities - Encouraging women and men, boys and girls to take part equally in sports and cultural activities, including those traditionally seen as predominantly “female” or “male” rural and suburbs areas included - Encouraging artists and cultural and sporting associations to promote cultural and sporting activities which challenge stereotypical views of women and men - Encouraging public library services to challenge gender stereotypes in their stock of books and other materials and in their promotional activities. - Modernizing sport plants above all in the country by increasing their number - Encouraging the private sector to contribute and modernize sports club SAFETY AND SECURITY ART. N. 1.The Signatory recognizes the right of each woman and man to security of the person, and to liberty of movement, and that these rights cannot be freely or equally exercised if women or men are unsafe or insecure, whether in the private or public domain, or if they feel unsafe or insecure. 2. The Signatory further recognizes that women and men, in part due to different obligations or lifestyles, often face differing problems of safety and security, which need to be addressed. 3. The Signatory therefore commits itself: (a) to analyse from a gender perspective the statistics concerning the volume and patterns of incidents (including serious crime against the individual) that affect the security or safety of women and men, and if appropriate to measure the level and nature of fear of crime or other sources of insecurity; (b) to develop and implement strategies, policies and actions, including specific improvements to the state or design of the local environment (for example, transport interchanges, car parks, street lighting), or to policing and related services, to enhance the practical security and safety of women and men, and to seek to reduce their respective perceptions of lack of safety and security. SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT ART. N….. Sustainable development 1. The Signatory recognizes that, in planning and developing strategies for the future of its area, the principles of sustainable development must be fully respected, involving the balanced integration of the economic, social, environmental and cultural dimensions, and also, in particular, including the need to promote and achieve equality of women and men. 2. The Signatory therefore commits itself to take into account the principle of equality of women and men as a fundamental dimension of all its planning, or development of strategies, for the sustainable development of its area. ART. N….. Economic Development and access to microcredit 1. The Signatory recognizes that the achievement of a balanced and sustainable economic development is a vital component and that its activities and services in this field can contribute significantly to the advancement of equality of women and men. 2. The Signatory recognizes the women role for the economic family survival in the no-monetary economic sectors included, and therefore commits itself to adopt suitable measures in order to increase the women contribution to the economy and to local development, according to the its own institutional powers; 3 The Signatory recognizes the women’s considerable role where conflicts and wars are operating by whose women suffer direct and indirect consequences such as no rights to propperty if widow or be unable to meet families’ needs and commits itself to help women as direct or indirect victims of war holding an economic independence 4. The Signatory recognises the need to increase the rate and quality of employment of women, and further recognises that the risk of poverty linked to long term unemployment and unpaid work is particularly high for women. 5. The Signatory commits itself, in relation to its activities and services in the field of economic development, to take fully into account the needs and interests of women and men, and the opportunities to advance equality between them, and to take the appropriate actions to this end. Such actions may include: Assistance to women entrepreneurs and to women’s cooperative that is with a strong women’s presence promoting and helping women’s access to information and training for a economic activity start up; with reference to country, developing training course for farming women’s expertise using modern technique Ensuring that financial and other support to enterprises promote gender equality Encouragement to women trainees to learn skills and achieve qualifications for jobs traditionally seen as “male” and vice versa Encouraging micro privileged debt accommodating entrance on the way and functioning of microcredit tool ART. N….. Urban Planning 1.The Signatory recognizes the importance of its spatial, transport, economic development and land use policies and plans in creating the conditions within which the right to equality of women and men in local life may be more fully achieved. 2. The Signatory commits itself to ensure that, in drawing up, adopting and implementing such policies and plans, it takes into account: the need to promote effective equality in all aspects of local life the specific needs of women and men, in relation for example to employment, access to services and cultural life, education and family responsibilities, based on relevant local and other data, including the signatory’s own gender assessments high quality design solutions are adopted which take into account the specific needs of women and men. ART. N….. mobility and public transport 1. The Signatory recognizes that mobility and access to means of transport are essential conditions for women and men to be able to exercise many of their rights, tasks and activities, including access to work, education, culture and essential services. It also recognizes that the sustainability of a municipality or region depends to a significant degree on the development of an effective, high quality transport infrastructure and public transport service. 2. The Signatory further recognizes that women and men often have, in practice, different needs, as well as patterns of usage, in relation to mobility and transport, based on factors such as income, caring responsibilities or hours of work, and that consequently, women frequently form a greater proportion of users of public transport than men. 3. The Signatory therefore commits itself: (a) to take into account the relevant mobility needs, and the patterns of transport usage, of women and men respectively, including those from urban and rural communities; (b) to ensure that the transport services available to women and men in the area of the authority assist in meeting the specific as well as common needs of women and men, and in realising the real equality of women and men in local life. 4.The Signatory further commits itself to promote the progressive improvement of the public transport services in and for its area, including intermodal connections, in order to address the specific and common needs of women and men for regular, affordable, safe and accessible transport, and to contribute to its sustainable development. ART. N….. Environment 1. The Signatory recognizes its responsibility to work towards a high level of protection and improvement of the quality of the environment in its area, including local policies in relation to waste, noise, air quality, biodiversity and the impact of climate change. It recognizes the equal right of women and men to benefit from its services and policies in relation to the environment. 2.The Signatory recognizes that in many places the lifestyles of women and men differ and that women and men may tend to differ in their use of local services and public or open spaces, or confront different environmental problems. 3. The Signatory accordingly commits itself, in developing its environmental policies and services, to have full and equal regard to the specific needs and lifestyles of women and men respectively, and to the principle of solidarity between the generations. THE REGULATOR ROLE ART.N… The Signatory commits itself, in carrying out its regulatory tasks, so that women’s rights and the articles of the present Charter will be respected and put into practice in local life INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ART. N…. The Signatory recognises the value of international cooperation promoting equality on local and regional level, best practices exchange and experiences and know-how and commits itself: 1. including gender perspective in every interational cooperation project 2. promoting the participation in twinnings men and women to an equal degree providing the participation of both sexes 3. highlighting its participation to projects aimed at promotion and safeguard of women’s rights.   [...]

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COPPEM launches UNESCO Mediterranean Cities Network To share experiences, projects and territorial marketing

(Ansamed) PALERMO - A network between UNESCO cities in the Mediterranean is one of the aims of an agreement presented on Thursday by the Standing Committee for the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership of Local and Regional Authorities (COPPEM) and the coordinating organization for UNESCO municipalities of Sicily (CUNES). The purpose is to share experiences, projects and territorial marketing activities focusing on areas ranging from agro-food to culture. Some 43 Sicilian municipalities and the six UNESCO sites on the island take part in CUNES. The agreement follows a protocol signed in 2011 between COPPEM and the Patrimonio Unesco Sicilia foundation and provides for the creation of a committee to promote UNESCO cities of the Mediterranean for the protection and valorization of cultural and environmental heritage. The establishment of the committee and network are coming on the eve of the official listing of the Arab-Norman site of Palermo, Monreale and Cefalù as UNESCO World Heritage, scheduled for July 4 at the UN agency's General Assembly in Bonn. ''The committee promoting the UNESCO Cities of the Mediterranean network,''said Natale Giordano, technical chief of COPPEM's IV commission, which valorizes cultural and tourism attractions as well as ecomuseums, ''will active the programs of the national culture and development plan of Europa Creativa, directed by the European Commission, Italy and Malta.'' Giordano added that another of the committee's aims was ''the organization of the third festival of UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, which will be held in Sicily in 2016 in collaboration with the ICCN, the world network between cities that have intangible cultural heritage. The festival is expected to last eight days, four in Palermo and Monreale and four in Catania and Noto, the Sicilian cities that are part of the ICCN.'' © Copyright ANSA - All rights reserved [...]

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Bill on violence against women Heavier penalties against violent spouses and stalkers   

The draft law on violence against women has been validated by the Legal Committee of the NPC and will be subject to debate in the next session. It includes new features for protection against violence, both in the private and public space. According to the explanatory memorandum, they protect against "some insidious and recurrent violence, whether physical, verbal, sexual or economic, faced by women because of their gender." The new provision (266 bis) is introduced to criminalize domestic violence "that reveals a hard guilty" of husband and "whose recurring undermines the dignity" of the wife. It is manifested by "assault causing no apparent injuries, bullying and contemptuous attitudes." [...]

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 Inclusive society and Gender Equality.  A National conference in Algeria.  Eye on women rights at the Cultural Palace of  Tlemcen

Inclusive society and Gender Equality. A National conference in Algeria. Eye on women rights at the Cultural Palace of Tlemcen

The national Conference about "Inclusive society and gender equality. Mechanisms and tools for promotion of women rights in Algeria" will take place on next 6th December in the Algerian city of Tlemcen. This conference is organized by the Algerian Forum for Citizenship and Modernity (FACM) with the support of the Wilaya of Tlemcen and it is part of the project "MedEquality – Promotion of Policies for Equality in Euro-Med Region", funded by the European Union and aiming at impulsing reflexion about the need for the promotion of policies for equality in euromed local government. [...]

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 Palestine and Israel

Palestine and Israel

The Standing Committee for the Euromediterranean Partnership of Local and Regional Authorities (COPPEM) is deeply stricken by the dramatic situation in Palestine and Israel. [...]

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Coppem and CEMSI have signed a memorandum of understandingSanliurfa: “Abraham's meeting”,  Coppem's participationEuro-mediterranean Dialogue Night

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COPPEM, TOWARDS THE MEDITERRANEAN FEDERATION OF PROTECTED AREAS

An agreement was signed today in Palermo, in the afternoon session of the Assembly of Coppem (Standing Committee for the Partnership of Local and Regional Authorities), to establish a committee bet [...]


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