Attractive and Incusive Cities. Promotion of Equality of Men and Women in Local Life - Conference in Gdańsk
The Gender Equality Working Group of UBC in partnership with the City of Gdansk and European Solidarity Center organized conference on Attractive and Inclusive Cities - Promotion of Equality of Men and Women in Local Life in Gdansk on The 11th of April 2017. The aim of the conference was to get more cities – especially Polish ones - to sign the European Charter of Equality of Women and Men at the Local Level by informing the participants what it means in practice to implement the Charta.
The event gathered around 50 participants with some well-known representatives of the local authorities in Gdansk such as Deputy Mayor of Gdańsk, Piotr Kowalczuk as well as Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, Ritva Viljanen and Mayor of Aleksandrów Kujawski, Andrzej Cieśla (representative of one of two Polish cities that signed the Charta). Other participants included UBC Executive Board, senior adviser Mikko Lohikoski, keynote speaker Marion Boeker, co-founder of the "Initiative for a Gender Sensitive Budget in Berlin", Jaimie Just, Policy Officer - Gender Equality and Diversity, Council of European Municipalities and Regions, Kaspars Varpnis – UBC, Comission on Safety and Working Group on Gender. The discussion of the conference centered on the questions: Why the European Charta on Equality between Women and Men at the Local Level is the right tool to achieve equality between women and men at the level of the cities? Does gender equality foster development of the city?
The participants of the conference were informed that Mayor of Gdańsk Paweł Adamowicz had obliged the Council of Equal Treatment of Gdańsk to prepare the indicators and timetable for the implementation of the Charta. The participants of the conferences supported by acclamation the final declaration of the conference: "We, the participants of the conference "Attractive and Inclusive Cities organized on the 11 of April, 2017 in Gdansk, support 6 basic principles of the European Charter for Equality between Women and Men, adopted in 2006 by the Council of European Municipalities and Regions and declare cooperation for the implementation of the Charter by the Gdansk local government.
Despite many legal changes, equality between women and men still does not exist in practice. Social, political, economic and cultural inequalities are still present in our lives, such as the lack of equal pay or the lower political representation of women.
We are pleased that the decision of the Mayor of Gdańsk Paweł Adamowicz to start the process of adopting the Charter by Gdańsk. We declare the support for the Gdansk Council for Equal Treatment in the development of best solutions for Gdańsk. We invite other local governments to cooperate in implementing equality standards.