CE Congress Require Observation of Gender Equality in National Delegations
France, Strasburg / Тrend corr A. Ismaylova / The requirement to provide statistics regarding women's participation in the membership of national delegations was put forward at the opening of the plenary session of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe (CE) on 30 May.
The rapporteurs speaking at the session, Anders Knape and Gunter Krug, noted that in accordance with the new Charter of the Congress the national delegation had to provide 30% participation of women by the next year.
It was noted that in case the requirement was not met, the next year's approval of membership would be refused to those delegations which did not comply with the gender equality principles.
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities unites national delegations from forty-seven CE countries. The Azerbaijani delegation includes twelve representatives of local authorities. Six of them are the members of the Chamber of Local Authorities of the Congress (Abulfaz Babayev - Sumgayit region, Ilham Khalilov - Baku, Shamistan Yusifov - Samukh region, Saadat Guliyeva - Ali-Bayramly region, Khatira Huseynova - Baku, and Gulnaz Salamova - Shaki). Another six representatives are the members of the Chamber of Regional Authorities (Rauf Aliyev - Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic of Azerbaijan (NAR), Anar Ibrahimov - NAR, Javid Safarov - NAR, Maila Hajiyeva - NAR, Huseyn Hashimli - NAR, and Elchin Mammadov - NAR).