On July 6th, the National Council of Women of Catalonia (Consell Nacional de les Dones de Catalunya - CNDC) formally approved the membership of the Euro – Mediterranean gender Equality Programme of the European Institute of the Mediterranean, along with 24 other entity (full list attached below). The membership approval took place during the ordinary session of the CNDC’s Assembly in Tarragona city.
The session also included a presentation by the CNDC’s president, Núria Balada, on the centre’s latest activities, especially its participation at 63rd session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 63) last March in New York, and its meeting with various actors.
Mrs. Balada also announced that a the centre will be organizing the 1st International Congress for the Eradication of sexist violence against women on October 22 and 23, 2019 in Barcelona. During this congress, national and international experts to discuss ways to design and execute public plans to end gender based violence and protect women.
From her side, CNDC Second Vice President, Montse Pineda, spoke about the "Parliament of Women", an initiative of the Parliament of Catalonia and the CNDC that brought together, on July 1, 2019, activists, MPs and entities defending women’s rights and the feminist movement. The initiative was inspired by the Fourth International Women’s Conference, held in Beijing in 1995, which hosted 17,000 participants and 30,000 activists from around the world, and resulted in the adoption of a declaration establishing the "beginning of a long way of work’’ in six areas: human rights of women; education and culture; labour and economic rights; social and political participation; health, sexual and reproductive rights and the right of women and girls to live free of gender based violence.
More information about the CNDC’s action and activities are available in the link below.
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.