RESOLUTION ON EQUAL PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN OSCE DECISION-MAKING

    1. Recognizing that equal opportunities for women and men and the protection of their human rights are essential to peace, sustainable democracy, economic development and therefore to security and stability in the OSCE region,
    2. Recalling the 2004 OSCE Action Plan for Gender Issues, the Beijing Platform for Action and the UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000), which calls for full and equal participation of women in decision making with regard to conflict prevention as well as in post-conflict reconstruction, and stressing the importance of women's full and equal participation and involvement in all efforts for the maintenance and promotion of peace and security,
    3. Noting that there are fewer women in the national OSCE PA delegations, as well as fewer women in higher office within the OSCE PA, than there are men,
    4. Noting that elections in themselves still do not guarantee high-level leadership positions for women,
    5. Noting that women's involvement in the process of making important government decisions can be an important milestone on the path to achieving gender balance in senior positions,

The OSCE Parliamentary Assembly:

    1. Recognizes the equal rights of men and women to be heard and taken into account in the internal proceedings of the OSCE;
    2. Regrets that gender issues are still not visible on the political agenda of the OSCE;
    3. Urges the OSCE Secretary General, Heads of Institutions and Heads of Missions as day-to-day managers within the Organization to increase efforts to promote a more gender-equal working environment within the OSCE in order to set an example for all levels of society in participating States;
    4. Urges the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to develop a project to prepare leaders among female MPs;
    5. Strongly urges national Parliaments to ensure gender-balance in the composition of the Delegations to the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, and demands representation of both genders in all delegations;
    6. Calls on participating States to co-operate and exchange experiences on the development of legislation on special measures to promote gender balance;
    7. Urges the OSCE Secretary General, Heads of Institutions and Heads of Missions to ensure that all proceedings take place in an environment, including lodgings, which is free from prostitution and pornography;
    8. Further urges the OSCE Secretary General to aspire to representation of both genders in all on-stage proceedings within the Organization;
    9. Urges the OSCE Secretary General to enhance transparency in the meeting procedure by ensuring a public speakers' list;
    10. Further urges the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly to aspire to representation of both genders in all on-stage proceedings within the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly.