Visit Standing Committee for Equality at UNU-MERIT

Standing Committee for Equality, Council of European Municipalities and Regions

On Tuesday 13 December from 10.15-11.30, UNU-MERIT and Maastricht Graduate School of Governance looks forward to welcoming the Standing Committee for Equality at the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR). They will be welcomed by Dr. Neil Foster-McGregor, the Deputy Director of UNU-MERIT, after which they will have the opportunity to speak with staff members at UNU-MERIT. Several of our research staff will present their work which incorporates a gender perspective, thus opening the floor for broader dialogue – for the final programme see below.

Since 1983, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions has worked actively to promote equality between women and men in the decision-making process. Founded in 1951, CEMR is the largest organisation of local and regional government in Europe; its members comprise over 50 national associations of towns, municipalities and regions from 40 countries. Together these associations represent some 150,000 local and regional authorities.

Their visit will be coordinated by both Mr. Jean Bruynzeels from the City of Maastricht and Prof. Dr. Shyama Ramani, with assistance of Tamara A. Kool, Doctoral fellow. In case of further questions, please contact Tamara A. Kool at

Internal event that is open to all staff members, PhD fellows and Master-students at UNU-MERIT.

The programme

10.15                  Arrival at UNU-MERIT, Boschstraat 24

 Doors close in Conference room by 10.25

10.25 – 10.30     Opening by UNU-MERIT Deputy Director, Dr. Neil Foster-McGregor

10.30 – 10.40     Introduction by the Standing Committee for Equality

10.40 – 10.45     Q&A

10.45 – 11.15     Introduction and presentations (moderated by Tamara A. Kool, Doctoral Fellow)

• Julieta Marotta, Doctoral Fellow and Deputy Academic Programme Director

Access to justice and legal empowerment for women victims of domestic violence

• Valentina Perinetti Casoni, Master Student

The gendered dimension of poverty in Montserrat and the British Virgin Islands

• Maty Konte, Research Fellow

Discriminatory social institutions and gender gap in support for democracy in Sub-Saharan Africa

11.15 – 11.30      Dialogue/Q&A

Venue: Conference room (0.16 &0.17)

Date: 13 December 2016

Time: 10:15 - 11:30  CET