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Gender - sensitive and women friendly public policies: a comparative analysis of their progress and impact

Project ID: HPSE-CT-2002-00136


The State of the Art Report (Deliverable 1) of the EQUAPOL research study assesses the current state of knowledge of policies on gender equality and of the treatment of gender within public policies on income distribution and education. It covers both international and European policy developments, as well as national developments in the eight study countries (Belgium, France, Greece, Ireland, Lithuania, Spain, Sweden and the UK). The frameworks on gender equality in public policy - both generally and in income distribution and education policies in the study countries - are assessed through the available literature, as well as the institutional architecture, policy-making processes, methods and tools, the role of non-state actors and the main influences on change.
The State of the Art Report shows clearly that the treatment of gender equality within public policy is a "work in progress". While specific initiatives on equal rights for women and men have a longer history, the introduction of a more coherent and systematic approach to gender equality in public policy is relatively recent. National trajectories and strategies concerning gender equality differ in time and character until the mid 1990s, when the promotion of a gender mainstreaming approach by EU and international organisations influences the adoption of similar approaches and instruments in most of the study countries.

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