For the second consecutive year, the Municipality of Lagoa received the Equality Living Prize, a biennial initiative promoted by the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (IGC) – Presidency of the Council of Ministers within the framework of the National Strategy for Equality and Non-Discrimination (ENIND).
Lagoa is among the 5 municipalities that this year obtained this distinction by promoting the awareness of the residents and of the workers, with a view to the integration of the gender dimension in its operation and in its initiatives; valuing their action as a factor of personal development, as well as their fundamental role, as a school of citizenship and democratic participation, equalitarian and respectful of human rights.
Already in 2017 Lagoa had received this recognition, attesting that the municipality is one of the best places to live in equality. On March 8, 2018, the Mayor of Lagoa, Francisco Martins, publicly presented the Maria Barroso Prize, with a monetary value of 30.000,00 € (thirty thousand euros), assuming the role that it has in this matter as a government local in coresponsabilização with the local community, sharing the value of the premium with the Vila Vita Group. This strong investment in these matters aims to implement and solidify practices of citizenship, equality and participation of everyone in the territories and contexts in which it intervenes.
The Living Equality Prize has existed since 2012 and is designed to distinguish municipalities that effectively promote citizen debate on gender equality and citizenship issues that challenge the traditional division of women's and men's roles, alert the rights and responsibilities of citizens, both in the public and private spheres, showing the added value of participation on a personal and social level.
The initiative is part of the three National Action Plans that define strategic and specific objectives in the area of Equality between Women and Men (IMH), prevention and combating of violence against women and domestic violence (VMVD) and the fight against discrimination on grounds of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Sexual Characteristics (ICO), in line with the objectives of AGENDA 2030 for sustainable development endorsed by the UN – United Nations.
The municipalities are evaluated based on public policies able to respond to the territorial needs of the country, to strengthen and strengthen the work of local and network actors, taking into account the proximity to the population and the introduction of the issue of combating discrimination against sexual orientation, gender identity and sexual characteristics.
The public awards ceremony will take place on October 24, Municipal Day for Equality.