Activities of the Local Projects

Local Projects and Transnational Exchange
The main focus of the project activities is the implementation of the local projects and the transnational exchange about experiences, methods and results. The mainstreaming of the results and products of "Sister Cities Going Gender" takes place at theFinal Results of the project "Equality in European local and regional authorities", CEMR, in Brussels. In order to build up a network of European cities that supports the implementation of gender mainstreaming for a democratization of decision-making processes in the long run, further partner cities which already have established good gender practices are going to be contacted and asked to present their experiences and models at the two working meetings of "Sister Cities Going Gender".

Local Projects
Every European City and partner is developing a Local Project:

- Frankfurt, Germany: Democratization of procedures of political decision-making and decision-making bodies by introducing gender mainstreaming as a compulsory tool into the community

- Rotterdam, Netherlands and Rome, Italy: Transparency with regard to the unequal mechanisms of distribution of community budgets by introducing gender budgets in exemplary areas

- Venice, Italy: Empowerment of women in community administration and in communal politics by empowerment trainings

- Torino, Italy: Transparency with regard to the career mechanisms and the structural obstacles for men and women in reaching leading positions by a comparative analysis in the administration, in the profit and in the non-profit sector

- Verein Autonome Österreichische Frauenhäuser, AÖF, Vienna, Austria: an expertise on the danger of decreasing positive action programs for achieving an equal participation of both genders in processes of decision-making in the course of the implementation of gender mainstreaming

- Transnational Project: Council of European Municipalities and Regions, CEMR, Paris, France: "Equality in European Towns"

Methods to be used
"Sister Cities Going Gender" recognizes the introduction of the strategy of gender mainstreaming in community administrations and politics as a methodological approach. It makes the structural obstacles for the representation of women in leading positions transparent and develops solutions with long-lasting effects for a stronger participation of women. The local projects of "Sister Cities Going Gender" provide a mix of methods of approaches with different aims: changing the structures in politics and administration (e.g. gender budget) and approaches which support positive action for women supporting their empowerment to reach leading positions (trainings, expertise). This approach thus understands gender mainstreaming as a double strategy to achieve an equal participation of women and men in positions of decision-making.

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