The Project

Local Gender Equality is a Gender Equality International Project that aims to promote a greater involvement of the Municipalities against inequalities between women and men in their territories.

The project is promoted by CES (Centre for Social Studies) and its partners are 5  Municipalities, Ferreira do Alentejo, Mangualde , Pombal, Povoa do Varzim and Lagoa; CEFA (Centre of Municipalities Studies and Training) and CH Academy as a consultant entity. The project also includes the participation of an international partner, the Centre for Gender Research of Oslo University, Norway, one role country in what gender equality is concerned.

Local Gender Equality (LGE) main objective is to develop a set of methodologies and tools to promote gender equality and work-life balance in the municipalities. The activities in the project include the instruments design, experimentation and validation in different fields, such as Urban Planning, Housing and Environment; Education, Health, and Social Action; Culture, Sports, Youth and Leisure; Human Resources Management, Training and Employment; Communication and Citizenship; Mobility and Security. Domestic and Gender Violence is a common theme among all these areas.

This project is financially supported by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism 2009-2014 (EEA Grants) managed by CIG - Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality under the call "Developing tools and methods promoting gender equality at the local level".


  • Develop methodologies and tools to promote gender equality and and work-life balance in local governance structures.
  • Conceive, test and validate instruments with partner organizations and their stakeholders in the various fields of territorial action - Urban Planning, Housing and Environment; Education, Health and Social Action; Culture, Sports, Youth and Leisure; People Management, Training and Employment; Communication and Citizenship; Mobility and Security.
  • Promote a joint reflection on the desired social change in the context of gender equality by addressing the injustices observed.
  • Disseminate and share results and project instruments by all municipalities.
  • Inspire, motivate and facilitate change in what gender equality in municipalities is concerned.

The team

Vieira Lima
Cláudia Múrias
Mónica Lopes
Rosa Monteiro
Sandra Saleiro
Virgínia Ferreira
Sara Orning
Carolina Leite
Joana Almeida
Marta Bernardes
Rui Vais
Maria José Gamito
Sandra Generoso
Maria José Coelho
Catarina Silva
Carla Melo

The way

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Step 8

Step 1

Identifying Needs. Stakeholders will be involved as they will participate in focus groups.

Step 2

Developing tools for mainstreaming a gender perspective at the local level.

Step 3

International exchange with the Norwegian partner with the main objective of sharing best practices.

Step 4

Validation Ateliers, with the participation of the partners.

Step 5

Testing instruments. Test of the Gender Toolkit in every area of intervention.

Step 6

Final Production and Dissemination.

Step 7

Training. Training to disseminate the tools and instruments produced within the project.

Step 8

Final Seminar to disseminate the tools produced.


The Local Gender Equality project aims to develop methodologies and tools to promote gender equality and to facilitate work-life balance.

The project is based on a consortium, involving the design, test and validation of the instruments with the direct beneficiaries (municipalities) and indirect beneficiaries (local stakeholders).

The development of diagnostic, implementation, monitoring and evaluation instruments is based on the 3R model – diagnostic regarding the women and men representations in different socio-economic and political contexts and its resources allocation, complemented by the reflection on the reasons the reality observed.

This reflection should inspire the definition of the desired social change by addressing the injustices observed - access to resources, recognition and representation. Following the European Charter, the project will take into account the different roles of municipalities as entities - employers, providers of goods and services and the regulatory activities in their territories.

Gender equality

Inequalities between sexes are the cause of some economic and social disparities that characterize unfair and unbalanced societies. In this context, local structures play an essential role in reducing the inequalities because they should have a close relation with the populations they serve. A perspective in managing local policies in which gender equality is considered among all the areas of public intervention is needed and the Local Gender Equality project aims to contribute to this plan.

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