Why gender is essential to decentralised cooperation – learn more at CEMR Bilbao conference

28 mai 2018

PLATFORMA is organising a workshop on the importance of gender mainstreaming in town-to-town and region-to-region development cooperation projects at the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR) conference in Bilbao on 12 June from 16:00 to 18:00.

Equality between women and men, girls and boys, is a fundamental right and a core value of the European Union. It is a prerequisite and constitutive condition for sustainable development. Gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls is also one of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG5) set by the United Nations. Moreover, promoting gender equality beyond its borders within the framework of its foreign policy is also a high priority for the European Union. Finally, equality between women and men is a major development challenge as it is both a goal in itself and a development tool.

This workshop organised by PLATFORMA at CEMR Bilbao conference “Equality, diversity and inclusion” will present the key findings and tools of the study “Promoting gender equality: towards a gender-based approach in decentralised cooperation projects” which was carried out by the French section of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (AFCCRE) in the framework of PLATFORMA.

Representatives of the case studies featured in the publication will be invited to share their experience with participants. These presentations will be followed by dynamic exchanges between the participants on their respective practices of mainstreaming the gender approach in their international policies and activities, identifying the difficulties and possible solutions to these challenges.


  • Gunilla Westerberg-Dupuy, Deputy Mayor of Suresnes, Chair AFCCRE Commission on the European Charter for Equality, member CEMR Standing Committee for Equality
  • Andreas Wolter, Deputy Mayor of Cologne
  • Carmen Gual, Director, Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation
  • Karlien Gorissen, Advisor VVSG-International

Moderated by Pauline Chabbert, Associate Director, Groupe Egae

Much more in the programme!

If you want to know more about how equality, diversity and inclusion can be translated from words into concrete action for all the women, men and children of Europe’s towns and regions, register to the conference until 31 May.

Among the hundreds of local and regional leaders and experts at the conference, here are a few you will have the opportunity to meet: Nobel Peace Prize laureate Rigoberta Menchú, the Mayor of Utrecht (Netherlands) Jan Van Zanen, the Mayor of Urla (Turkey) Sibel Uyar, the President of the European Coalition of Cities Against Racism (ECCAR) Benedetto Zacchiroli, or Member of the Assembly of the Republic of Portugal and former MEP, Edite Estrela.

Discover the full programme.

Check www.cemrbilbao2018.eu and #cemrbilbao2018


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