The Government Council for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men (hereafter referred to as the Council) is a permanent Government advisory body in the area of creating equal opportunities for women and men. The Council was established by Government Resolution No. 1033 of October 10, 2001.
The Council drafts proposals for the promotion and achievement of equal opportunities for women and men.
In particular, the Council:
a) discusses and recommends to the Government basic policies for implementing equal opportunities for women and men;
b) coordinates main directions of ministerial policies in the area of equal opportunities for women and men;
c) sets a range of priorities for ministerial projects supporting equal opportunities for women and men;
d) identifies current problems in society related to equal opportunities for women and men;
e) evaluates the efficiency of the implementation of the principle of equality between women and men.
The Council sessions are held when necessary, but at least three times per year. Information about the Council‘s activities is available for the public on the Government‘s web pages. The Council does not have the power to investigate citizen complaints on the violation of the principle of the equality for women and men. Organisational, administrative and expert tasks and the releasing and updating of information about the Council‘s activities are arranged by the Council secretariat, which is part of the Government Office’s organisational structure.
The Council has 4 committees:
• the Committee for the Prevention of Domestic Violence
• the Committee for the Reconciliation of Professional, Private and Family Life
• the Committee for the Institutional Safeguarding of Equal Opportunities for Women and Men
• the Committee for the Balanced Representation of Women and Men in Politics
Gender Equality Unit
The role of the secretariat of the Council and its committees is fulfilled by the Gender Equality Unit within the Human Rights Section. The Gender Equality Unit is responsible for the following activities:
• drafting, formulating and assessing national concept plans and legislation in the field of equal opportunities for women and men
• drafting, formulating and assessing international and EU legislation and conceptual and strategic documents of the EU in the field of equal opportunities for women and men
• assessing the fulfillment of international obligations, especially the implementation of EU law in the field of equal opportunities for women and men
• acting as a national coordinator for gender equality policies
• providing expert, organisational and administrative support to the Council
Attached you will find procedural (Rules of Procedure) and statutory documents (Statute) of the Council.
The National Action Plan to achieve gender equality in the Czech Republic – the Priorities and Policies of the Government in Promoting Equal Opportunities for Women and Men for 2010 is also attached, as well as the Summary Report on Fulfillment of the Priorities in 2009.
In 2010, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) considered the combined fourth and fifth periodic report of the Czech Republic. Attached you will find the report, the Czech Republic’s response to the list of issues by the CEDAW and Concluding Observations of the CEDAW.
Other documents (in Czech only) can be found on the Czech version of this website (under "pracovní a poradní orgány" - "Rada pro rovné příležitosti").