This information was last updated in 2015 and may have changed since then. EIGE will next update the information at the end of 2019.


Mainstreaming Gender Equality at all levels of the Public Administration is a political commitment, a strategy for achieving Gender Equality and is considered a requisite for good governance by the Portuguese Government. The governmental mechanism for promoting gender equality is the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG), established by by Regulatory Decree in 2012 under the Office of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers. In view of the responsibilities established by its Organic Law, especially those providing support for the development of global and sectorial policie


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.

Laws and Policies

The main policy instruments are the Fifith National Plan for Equality – Gender, Citizenship and Non-Discrimination (2014-2017)​, and the National Plan against Domestic Violence.