The national mechanism for the promotion of equality between men and women in labour and employment works in the dependence of the Government member responsible for the area of Solidarity Employment and Social Security, together with the members of the Government responsible for the area of Parliamentary Affairs and Equality. It is a tripartite commission composed of representatives from government and social partners.
The Commission for Equality in Labour and Employment (CITE) was created in 1979 in order to fight discrimination and promote equality between women and men in labour, in employment and in vocational training.
Its main responsibilities are to promote:
- Equality and non-discrimination between women and men in labour, in employment and in vocational training;
- Protection of parentality (maternity, paternity and adoption);
- Reconciliation of professional, personal and family life.
Decree-Law no. 76/2012, of 26th March, approving the Legal Framework
of the Commission for Equality in Labour and Employment