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Women in decision-making

The balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision-making is at the heart of the functioning of pluralist democracy. Guidelines have been drafted to help member states to promote and increase participation of women in decision-making, inter alia in the field of conflict prevention and resolution.

Recommendation (2003) 3
Recommendation Rec (2003) 3 of the Committee of Ministers to member states on balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision making adopted on 12 March 2003 and explanatory memorandum

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CDEG (2009) 17
Parity democracy - A far cry from reality
Comparative study on the results of the first and second rounds of monitoring of Council of Europe Recommendation Rec (2003)3 on balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision-making

CDEG (2009) 1
Sex-disaggregated statistics on the participation of women and men in political and public decision-making in Council of Europe member states
Situation as at 1 September 2008

CDEG (2006) 15
Sex-disaggregated statistics on the participation of women and men in political and public decision-making in Council of Europe member states
Situation as at 1 September 2005

EG-SEM-WD (2004) Proceedings
Seminar on Women in Diplomacy

CDEG (2004) 14 Final
Parental Leave in Council of Europe member States

EG (2002) 6
Women in politics in the Council of Europe Member States
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EG-S-BP (2001) 1
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Good Practices to achieve gender-balanced representation in political and social decision-making for Division Equality between Women and Men

EG-S-PA (2000) 7
Positive action in the field of equality between women and men
Final Report of Activities of the Group of Specialists on Positive Action in the field of Equality between Women and Men (EG-S-PA)

Texts of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Recommendation 1899 (2010) Increasing womenís representation in politics through the electoral system

Recommendation 1413 (1999) Equal representation in political life

Texts of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities

Recommendation 288 (2010) Achieving sustainable gender equality in local and regional political life

Resolution 303 (2010) Achieving sustainable gender equality in local and regional political life

Recommendation 111 (2002) on womenís individual voting rights: a democratic requirement
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 Resolution 85 (1999) on women's participation in political life in the regions of Europe

 Recommendation 68 (1999) on women's participation in political life in the regions of Europe

Womenís individual voting rights a democratic requirement ISBN 92-871-5040-0