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From 1991 until 2007 the Commission for Equality and Women’s Rights was the main government body for promoting gender equality. The Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG), under the tutelage of the Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Equality, continues the work of this commission in the area of gender equality. It has a gender mainstreaming mandate and is tasked with ensuring the implementation of the Fifith National Plan for Equality and other thematic national plans.

Under the terms of its Organic Law, one of CIG’s bodies is the Advisory Council, which comprises the Inter-ministerial Section, the Non-Governmental Organisation Section and the Technical and Scientific Group. The Advisory Council has a remit to design, implement and assess public policies of education for citizenship and promotion of gender equality, and it assures the representation of government departments, civil society organisations and gender experts. 

The Inter-ministerial Section is composed by representatives of Government departments working in public administration areas deemed to be of interest to CIG’s objectives, due to the impact their policies may have on promoting citizenship and gender equality. In accordance with Council of Ministers Resolution No. 161/2008, of 22 October, these representatives are accorded the status of advisers on equality. The same Resolution establishes the parameters that the central government’s cross-over operational measures must observe in relation to gender mainstreaming. The competencies of the advisers on equality include monitoring the implementation of policy measures in the field of gender equality.

The Non-Governmental Organisation Section seats representatives of non-governmental organisations whose statutory purpose is essentially to promote values of citizenship, defence of human rights, women’s rights and gender equality, and whose objectives coincide with those of CIG. Up to 40 non-governmental organisations, 30 national and 10 regional or local, may be represented on the Advisory Council. The competencies of this Section include the contribution to the definition and implementation of policies for citizenship and gender equality.

The Technical and Scientific Group includes, besides CIG’s President and Vice-President, 10 individuals of recognised scientific competence in the areas of citizenship, human rights, women’s rights and gender equality, which are appointed by the Member of the Government to whom CIG is accountable. The Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG), under the tutelage of the Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Equality, continues the work of this commission in the area of gender equality.

Linked to the Consultative Council are the Counsellors for Equality in each ministry and the Interdepartmental Teams for Equality.