In 2003, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe adopted Recommendation Rec(2003)3 on balanced participation of women and men in political and public decision-making (hereafter referred to as the Recommendation). The governments of the member states committed themselves to report regularly to the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers on the measures taken and the progress made in achieving a balanced participation of women and men in political and public life, defined as a minimum representation of 40% of each sex. Two earlier monitoring rounds took place in 2005 and 2008 and a comparative study on the results of the first and second rounds of monitoring of the Recommendation was published in 2010 (Council of Europe, 2010). For the third monitoring round, an online questionnaire was made available to all 47 Council of Europe member states in January 2016, and 46 of them participated in the survey. The data gathered reflect the situation in member states as of 1 January 2016, except for data on political representatives which refer to election-day results (up to 15 July 2016). This report analyses the data gathered in 2016 and where possible, comparisons are made with data collected in the two earlier monitoring rounds, in order to identify evolutions and trends.
This platform is part of the Axis 1 "Strengthening the capacities of equality actors" of the Priority Solidarity Fund "Women for the future in the Mediterranean" funded by the French Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs and led by the European Institute of the Mediterranean, in the framework of the project “Developing Women's Empowerment” labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.