In relation to gender equality, parity is a concept and a goal that aims to acknowledge the equal value of women and men, rendering visible the equal dignity of women and men and establishing social organisations in which women and men actually share rights and responsibilities, are liberated from pre-determined spaces and functions engendered by prejudices and gender stereotyping, and fully enjoy equality and freedom in their participation at every level and in every sphere.
See also: gender parity; parity democracy
(1) Council of Europe (2003). Genderware – The Council of Europe and the Participation of Women in Political Life;
(2) Alliance for Parity Democracy & Feminine Intervention, sponsored by the Commission for Equality and for Women’s Rights (2001). What is Parity Democracy After All? Lisbon, Portugal.