Madrid signs a strong pledge to gender equality


Madrid signed a strong pledge to gender equality in June 2020. This is the third pledge from Madrid, reaffirming the city's commitment to implement the European Pillar of Social Rights, after the first two pledges in autumn 2018 on principle 4 'active support to employment' and principle 11 'childcare and support to children'.

The city has put in place a Strategic Plan for Gender Equality for 2018-2020 which centres on gender mainstreaming, thus aiming to include a gender perspective in all municipal public policies. Not only did Madrid set up Gender Equality Units to implement this strategic plan and create a permanent training strategy addressing City Council staff, but it has also ensured a positive gender impact on 68% of €5,184 million budgeted for 2020. 

To achieve gender equality, Madrid is committed to eliminate all types of violence and discrimination against women. To achieve this, the city works to:

  • increase the resources available for municipal networks to help victims
  • create new resources: the 24-hour Crisis Centre for the care of female victims of sexual violence
  • support the Network of 17 Gender Equality Spaces to prevent, detect and raise awareness about violence against women
  • support women's employment by collaborating with 200 companies in the city to create equality plans and measures that facilitate the work-life balance
  • fight against the feminisation of poverty especially of the most vulnerable women, from single-parent homes, migrant women and older women  
  • promote women's empowerment and participation in public life and new forms of leadership 

City Councillor for Family, Equality and Social Welfare policies of Madrid, Jose Aniorte Rueda, said: "Despite the tough times we are facing with this health, social and economic crisis, our City Council continues to be committed to equality. We are committed to eliminating any and all types of discrimination and to promote progress towards real and effective equality between women and men, which will benefit all citizens. That is why we maintain a budget in line with the services and attention to promote equality and the eradication of violence against women". 

Read the full pledge below. 

Read the press release (in Spanish):

EUROCITIES campaign 'Inclusive Cities for All' continues with new impetus

This city pledge is part of the EUROCITIES initiative ‘Inclusive cities for all: Social Rights in my city’. This initiative mobilises mayors and deputy mayors to implement the principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights at local level. EUROCITIES will continue this campaign throughout 2020 as part of its strategic partnership with the European Commission under the Employment and Social Innovation programme. 

Our campaign is now even more important to make the role of cities visible in achieving a stronger social Europe especially in the new context of the pandemic crisis and during the recovery. We want to show how cities have stepped up during the crisis as guardians of social rights and acting to protect the most vulnerable people, and how cities are working hard to ensure a fair and inclusive recovery, leaving no one behind. 

Is your city working to push forward equality and inclusion policies at local level? Do you want to make your city known as a champion 'inclusive city for all'? Join our campaign by submitting a (new) city pledge on one or several of the 20 principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights. All new city pledges submitted until early September will be announced during a EUROCITIES high-level political event with the European Parliament in autumn 2020. 

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