Vice-President of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, Portugal, which is the National mechanism for gender equality.
Carlos Duarte has a Law degree and is the Vice-President of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality (CIG) of Portugal. He was Social Attaché in the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union from 2003 to 2008 and Counsellor to the Portuguese Embassy in Madrid from 2009 to 2012. He was Adviser to the Minister of Work and Solidarity. More recently, he was Head of the Sectoral Policies Division, General-Directorate of European Affairs, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. CIG is a public administration body, supervised by the Secretary of State for Citizenship and Equality of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, aiming to ensure the implementation of public policies on citizenship and the promotion of gender equality. Over the past years, Portugal has made considerable efforts to promote and protect the rights of LGBTIQ persons and to eliminate all forms of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and CIG has always been in the forefront of this fight.