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.
Sandra Ribeiro was born on June 22, 1973. She has a law degree and a postgraduate degree in Labour Law, both obtained at the Faculty of Law, University of Lisbon. Sandra Ribeiro began her professional career as an attorney in the Labor Law area. In 2002 she joined the staff of the Institute of Employment and Vocational Training (IEFP). Between 2005 and 2010 she worked with the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, collaborating in the work of drafting the revision of 2009 of the Labour Code, particularly in the creation of the new regime of parenthood, and collaborating in the implementation of several European Directives on gender equality and non-discrimination. Sandra Ribeiro was also representative of the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity at the Commission for Equality and Against Racial Discrimination (CICDR) between 2005 and 2008. She is since March 15, 2010 President of CITE.
Since March 2013, she is the coordinator of the work group that deals with specific issues of gender equality within the European Network of Equality Mechanisms (EQUINET), and was elected to the executive board of the same Network in December 2013.
Maria da Natividade Charneca Coelho, was born on May 31, 1962. She is graduated in Modern Languages and Literatures, Portuguese and French Studies at the Classic University of Lisbon, with on-job training.
She began her professional career as a teacher, having held senior management positions and pedagogical coordination. She was traineeship adviser and is an accredited trainer; she founded the Professional School of Setúbal and was PRVC at a CNO, she is also an External Evaluator.
She was a member of the Committee of Experts of the National Assessment of Petra and Leonardo da Vinci projects.
Between 1997 and 2003 she was adviser and head of the Education Division at the Municipality of Setúbal, having assumed the post of Chief of Cabinet at the Civil Government of Setúbal, between 2005 and 2009.
She was the President of CITE, in a replacement regime, between October 16, 2009 and March 14, 2010.
She was a senior officer at CITE, representing the Commission on the Interdepartmental Team for Equality of the Ministry of Labour and Social Solidarity. She is a Social Judge at the Family Court of the District of Setúbal.
Since February 1, 2011 she is the vice president of CITE.
Decree-Law no. 76/2012, of 26th March, approving the Legal Framework
of the Commission for Equality in Labour and Employment