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Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality - CIG

PORTUGAL: Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality

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This institution aims to ensure the implementation of public policies in the field of citizenship and the promotion of equality between women and men, in particular by undertaking actions to increase civic awareness regarding the identification of situations of discrimination and of forms to eliminate them.

Brief history

The Commission on the Status of Women, under installation since 1975, was institutionalized in November 1977 by Decree-Law No. 485/77, of 17 November, the Commission’s organic law establishes its objectives, as well as its tasks and competencies. The Decree-Law 161/91, of 9 may, established the Commission for Equality and Women’s Rights.
The Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG) - that replaced the Commission for Equality and Women’s Rights - has been proceeding to the needed changes, according to its new organic law. In order to be able to respond to the new competences the personnel has been renewed and increased. It has initiated its new functions in May 2007 with a renewed perspective: ensure the implementation of government citizenship policies and to promote and defend gender equality by reaffirming women’s rights, gender equality, and combating gender based violence; while promoting gender mainstreaming when combating multiple discrimination, thus addressing the different ways women and men experience discrimination. Currently, as explained in Q.1, according to Decree Nr. 1/2012, of 6th January, the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG) has been restructured.

Mandate type
  • Predominantly promotion-type and legal support body
Activities aimed at supporting vulnerable groups (e.g. through trainings)noyesyesyesyesyesnononono
Activities aimed at supporting duty bearers such as employers and service providers (e.g. through trainings, guidance material, practical support, etc.)noyesyesyesyesyesnononono
Communication activities (e.g. awareness raising campaigns)noyesyesyesyesyesnononono
Recommendations on discrimination issuesnoyesyesyesyesyesnononono
Publications and reportsnoyesyesyesyesnonononono
Research projects (including surveys)noyesyesyesyesyesnononono
Our institution has a mandate to deal with:
  • Violence against women
  • Hate crime
  • Hate speech
Other statistics
Number of inquiries handled per year (all contact even if not resulting in a formal complaint)no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Number of cases handled per year (case files opened and processed according to your procedures)no datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
Number of media appearances per year (major newspapers/magazines/websites/blogs, TV + radio channels) - does not include social mediano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano datano data
  • Collegiate headed equality body (led by a distinct board/commission)
Management details

The Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality has one President, assisted by a Vice-President, and a Consultative Council. Its head office is in Lisbon and there is a branch in Oporto. The Consultative Council of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality comprises:
The Inter-ministerial Section made of representatives of the various relevant Government departments, with the aim of mainstreaming gender equality into all policies;
The NGO section made up of 40 national non-governmental organisations working on the same or similar objectives as the Commission;
The Technical and Scientific Advisory Group is chaired by the member of the Government in charge of the CIG and besides the President and the Vice-president of the CIG is composed by 10 personalities with recognised scientific skills in the fields of citizenship, human rights, women’s rights and gender equality.

Number of staff dealing with equality issues
no datano datano datano data733no datano datano datano data
Grounds and fields of discrimination covered by the equality body
Grounds / FieldsEmploymentEducationHousingSocial Protection & HealthcareGoods & ServicesOther
Gender Identityyesyesyesyesyes
Race and Ethnic Originnononononodiscrimination also based on sex
Agenononononodiscrimination also based on sex
Disabilitynononononodiscrimination also based on sex
Sexual Orientationyesyesyesyesyes
Religion & Beliefnononononodiscrimination also based on sex
Mandate covers:
  • Public sector
Operating budget in euros
no data61188414503509483633748363373499068no datano datano datano data
Operating budget in euros for the parts of the organisation dealing with equality issues (all types of functions).
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We are accountable to:
  • National Parliament
  • National Ministry
  • National audit institution (i.e. for financial reporting)

Related News

2017 has been designated by the European Commission as the year dedicated to combating violence against women. Many equality bodies are on the forefront of this work, carrying out projects aimed at developing and implementing practical and targeted information to combat violence against women, as well as awareness-raising and education activities. 25 November is International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women.


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General Contact Information

Full name in English:


Full name in the national language(s):


Postal address:

General email address:

808 202 148

Telephone number:

00351 217983000



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Languages in which your institution can be contacted:

Portuguese, English and French

Person of contact for media enquiries:

Name of the Head of the equality body:

Mrs.Teresa Fragoso

Engagement with Equinet

Contact Person


Andreia Marques