28.02.2008

Gender mainstreaming of employment policies in practice

The European Commission just published an expert report analysing gender
mainstreaming in practice in the field of employment policies. The report also
presents concrete examples of gender mainstreaming implemented over the last
few years in 30 European countries.

The report on gender mainstreaming of employment policies prepared by the
Expert Group on Gender, Social Inclusion and Employment (EGGSIE) has just been
published. It analyses in detail how gender mainstreaming is implemented in the
employment policies of 30 European countries (EU-27 and the EEA-EFTA
countries). It also presents concrete examples of gender mainstreaming
implemented over the last few years in the countries covered.

Important preconditions for an effective gender mainstreaming strategy are a
clear and transparent organisational structure, clear enforcement mechanisms
and a strong focus on achieving substantial equality. In addition, an analysis
of the actual situation is essential in order to assess gender (in)equality, to
prioritise areas for attention and to analyse the potential gender impact of
policy measures.

The study indicates that most countries are still far from adopting a full
gender mainstreaming approach to employment policies. Especially in the field
of pay and flexicurity policies, the awareness of gender equality is usually
rather limited. In addition, gender equality is often not taken into account in
the actual design of policy measures.

In order to improve the knowledge of gender mainstreaming of employment
policies, this report provided not only an analysis of current trends but also
a checklist and a number of examples of effective gender mainstreaming. It has
been used by the Commission to prepare a Manual for gender mainstreaming of
employment policies, presented in June 2007 to the Employment Committee. This
report therefore brings additional information which complements the Manual.

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