1. The Signatory recognizes that the right to equality of women and men is a fundamental prerequisite of democracy, and that a democratic society cannot afford to ignore the skills, knowledge, experience and creativity of women. To this end, it must ensure, on a basis of equality, the inclusion, representation and involvement of women from different backgrounds and of different age groups in all spheres of political and public decision-making.
2. The Signatory, as the democratically elected body responsible for promoting the well-being of its population and area, therefore commits itself to promote and advance the practical application of this right in all of its spheres of activity – as democratic leader of the local community, provider and commissioner of services, planner and regulator, and as employer.