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Gender mainstreaming in public policies and budgeting
Contributing to improving public policies and budgets to better promote gender equality

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The project aims to strengthen the capacities of requesting EU Member States in the use and implementation of gender mainstreaming in public policies.
  • 15/06/2022
  • 30 months

The promotion of gender equality is a task for the European Union in all its actions. Gender equality is a core value of the EU, a fundamental right and a key principle of the European Pillar of Social Rights. However, no Member State has fully achieved gender equality and the advances remain limited.

In this context, the “Gender mainstreaming in public policies and budgeting” project has been designed to respond to requests for technical assistance from several Member States.

It aims to assist nine beneficiary authorities in seven Member States, at the central or decentralised level, including the administrations responsible for gender equality policies, sectoral polices and budgetary processes.

Increase gender mainstreaming in public policies

The project’s overall objective is to strengthen the capacity of requesting European Union Member States to mainstream gender in public policies, through tools such as gender impact assessments and gender-responsive budgeting.


Through the activities implemented by the project:

• The main challenges for gender equality are addressed with appropriate tools in each country

Several administrations work together effectively on gender policies and a comprehensive approach to gender equality is developed

• Policy-makers have a clear vision of the state of gender equality and the effectiveness of the measures taken in their country.

Gender mainstreaming tools

Gender mainstreaming is increasingly supported by administrations, but its application remains limited.

Indeed, the gender mainstreaming approach is supposed to be the first stage, but it cannot have any effect without the use of specific tools such as gender-responsive budgeting or gender impact assessments.

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• With gender-responsive budgeting it is possible to target actual adjustments to budgets and measure the effects of expenditure on inequalities. It is an effective way of improving the accountability and transparency of public finances and policies

• With gender impact assessments the administrations can evaluate, prior to their implementation, the impact that their policies could have on inequalities in order to adjust them.

Finally, the collection of the right gender-sensitive data is an important and crucial asset for highlighting the permanent trends in gender gaps.





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