Malgorzata Tarasiewicz become a contact person of Gdansk for the Union of The Baltic Cities in the Commission on Gender Equality.
Union of the Baltic Cities is a voluntary, proactive network mobilizing the shared potential of over 100 member cities for democratic, economic, social, cultural and environmentally sustainable development of the Baltic Sea Region.
Union of the Baltic Cities has members in all ten countries surrounding the Baltic Sea.
The Union's aim is to promote and strengthen cooperation and exchange of experience among the cities in the Baltic Sea Region, as well as to advocate for common interests of the local authorities in the region.
The Union’s aim is also to act on behalf of the cities and local authorities in common matters towards regional, national, European and international bodies.
The UBC Strategy states that, the Union “wants to see a dynamic, prosperous, democratic and stable European Baltic Sea Region in a successful and sustainable economic, political, social, environmental and cultural development process, moving towards closer cooperation and integration”.
Nowadays the UBC has thirteen different commissions on: business cooperation, culture, education, energy, environment, gender equality, health and social affairs, information society, sport, tourism, transportation, urban planning, youth issues.
The UBC Commission on Gender Equality is a way to promote and support a gender perspective and work on gender equality. For a democratic development of the Union it is necessary that women participate and influence the work at all levels and the UBC Commission on Gender Equality is established to support and ensure this development.
Goals and Aims
The Commission focuses on three main areas promoting gender equality and these are:
- Combating prostitution and human trafficking
- Issues of the labour market
- Social planning, urban planning and planning work
The Commission will advance towards its goals by:
- Awareness-raising within the field of gender equality
- Lobbying for women's representation at all levels of the UBC
- Promoting that a gender perspective is integrated into all the activities of the UBC
- Channeling information and contacts of the member cities
- Arranging conferences, seminars and meetings
When the Commission started in 1993 as a Network, the initial strategy was to focus on activities that could bring women in the UBC together and facilitate the sharing of experiences. This has shown to be fruitful and will continue to be an important part of the work. Some of the activities that have been initiated by the Commission are conferences and seminars.
The Commission has also been represented at many women's conferences, both in the Baltic Sea Region and other parts of Europe
In line with international developments, the strategy in the UBC today also encompasses the promotion of gender mainstreaming. Adopted by the world community at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in 1995, gender mainstreaming means integrating a gender perspective into all areas and at all levels of decision-making and management of the societies. It means systematical work for an equal distribution of power, resources and opportunities between women and men.
For more, please visit: www.ubc.net