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Gender - sensitive and women friendly public Policies: a comparative analysis of their progress and impact - EQUAPOL, EUR 21938

Funded under: FP6-CITIZENS


The EQUAPOL project sought to assess the progress and impact of integrating gender into public policy in Europe. The project focused on social policies prioritised by the European Social Policy Agenda, which had also called for the mainstreaming of a gender perspective in all relevant policies. Policies and policy processes in eight countries and at European level were studied by the five-partner research team, from 2002 to early 2004.
Progress in implementing a gender mainstreaming approach is found to be slow and uneven across the eight study countries, although there has been much innovation in developing tools and methods to support the integration of gender in policy-making. Sweden remains in the vanguard of countries adopting a gender mainstreaming approach, while elsewhere a "transversalist" approach is more in evidence, whereby gender is added on as an additional objective or consideration albeit across a range of policies. There is evidence of some convergence of approaches, mainly in the mechanisms of gender equality policy and institutional setup, but convergence in relation to understanding of the policy problematic and objectives is more difficult to discern. While concern for the structural and cultural roots of gender inequalities is present in rhetoric, it is little evident in practice. At national level mainstreaming has not replaced previous approaches to gender equality - notably legislation and positive action - but has rather led to a broadening of the targets of equality measures and a more complex mix of policy approaches.

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Record Number: 8179 / Last updated on: 2006-12-21
Category: PROJ