15th Anniversary of the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life


12 May 2021 | 10.00-11.00 CET

Kickoff Webinar


2021 is a milestone year for the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life, it’s time to celebrate and commemorate 15 years of commitment and action in favour of gender equality and women’s rights at local and regional level across Europe.


What started with a handful of local governments declaring their intention to act to promote gender equality has developed into an extensive European network of over 1,850 signatories in 36 countries.


CEMR intends to organise a number of actions during 2021 to:

  • Recognise the achievements and advances in local equality that have been made possible by the European Charter for Equality.
  • Reflect on the Charter as a living document; determine how it can be kept modern and relevant for today’s citizens and for years into the future; identify methods to better communicate how it works; connect it to broader national and international policy frameworks.
  • Celebrate the people and organisations that have made the Charter a reality and a success
  • [Possibly] Update/modernise the Charter and its tools based on the results of the 2021 reflection process (2022-2023)


The anniversary activities will kick off on 12 May, the official “birthday” of the European Charter for Equality of Women and Men in Local Life.


This event (approx. 1 hour duration) will be an opportunity to recognise the achievements of the Charter and valorise the impact it has had in local equality work in Europe.


• Opening and welcome, Frédéric Vallier, CEMR Secretary General

 • Address from the Chair of the CEMR Standing Committee for Equality “Vision for the future of the Charter”, Silvia Baraldi, Councillor Legnago Municipality

• Presentation of anniversary activities to be organised by CEMR June-December 2021, Jaimie Just,  CEMR Policy Adviser – Gender equality & diversity

• Video introduction by Marlène Siméon, Director of PLATFORMA


• Video message from Macoura Dao Coulibali, President of the Network of Local Elected Women of Africa (REFELA), Mayor of Foumbolo (Ivory Coast)

• Creating the Charter: an unforgettable experience, Sandra Ceciarini, Expert on gender equality and former director of international cooperation and citizenship at CEMR

• A Charter for all women, Diane Bunyan, Gender and human rights expert, former member Bristol City Council

• Charter as a tool for gender mainstreaming in Albania, Dolly Wittberger, Technical support to Gender Mainstreaming in the Western Balkans

• Conclusion by Emil Broberg, Vice-chair CEMR Standing Committee for Equality, Councillor Östergötland Region


This event is open to the public. Language: English

Please register your participation via this link.