Public Procurement for Equality

Public procurement refers to the process through which governments and public entities acquire goods, services, and infrastructure from private sector suppliers. In the context of gender equality, public procurement policies can be used as a powerful tool to advance this goal. By incorporating gender considerations into procurement practices, governments can support women-owned businesses, promote fair employment practices, and ensure that goods and services are designed to meet the specific needs of all genders. The overall objective is to leverage public procurement as a means to create more inclusive, equitable, and diverse economies, where gender equality is not only a policy goal but a tangible reality.

Advancement of Women

Advancement of Women in public procurement – legal options for municipalities and cities in Europe written by Kerstin Ahlberg; in Documentation of the FemCities Conference 2010


Public Procurement in the European Charter for Gender Equality in Local Life

In May 2006 the Council of European Municipalities and Regiens launched a European charter for equality of women and men in local life. The charter adresses local and regional governments of Europe to make by signing and implementing it a public committment to the principle of equality of women and men. Article 12 of the charter explicitly highlights the responsibility of municipalities and regions to promote equality of women and men also by carrying out tasks in relation to public procurement:

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