The text of the Charter

The Part I of the Charter introduces the six fundamental principles:

  1. Equality of women and men constitutes a fundamental right
  2. To ensure the equality of women and men, multiple discrimination and disadvantage must be addressed
  3. The balanced participation of women and men in decision making is a pre-requisite of a democratic society
  4. The elimination of gender stereotypes is fundamental to achieving equality of women and men
  5. Integrating the gender perspective into all activities of local and regional government is necessary to advance equality of women and men
  6. Properly resourced action plans and programmes are necessary tools to advance equality of women and men

The Part II describes the specific steps which should be carried out by the signatories in order to implement the provisions of the Charter.


The Part III presents the 30 articles by areas of competences:

  • Democratic accountability
  • Political role
  • General framework for equality
  • The employer role
  • Public procurement and contracts
  • Service delivery role
  • Planning and sustainable development
  • Regulator Role
  • Twinning and international co-operation

A signatory form is available on the last page of the Charter, to be returned to the Council of European Municipalities and Regions and to the national association (more information on Sign the Charter section).


The full text of the Charter is downloadable in PDF in 28 languages: