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Gender mainstreaming

The Council of Europe has a crucial role to play in promoting gender equality in its member states, for example by defining common principles and standards to promote the full participation of women and men in society. Imbalances between women and men continue to influence all walks of life and it is becoming increasingly clear that new approaches, new strategies and new methods are needed to reach the goal of gender equality. Gender mainstreaming is one of these strategies. The Council of Europe’s Group of specialists on mainstreaming agreed on the following definition:

Gender mainstreaming is the (re)organisation, improvement, development and evaluation of policy processes, so that a gender equality perspective is incorporated in all policies at all levels and at all stages, by the actors normally involved in policy-making.

Gender mainstreaming cannot replace specific policies which aim to redress situations resulting from gender inequality. Specific gender equality policies and gender mainstreaming are dual and complementary strategies and must go hand in hand to reach the goal of gender equality.

Manual Supporting Gender Equality Rapporteurs (GERS) in their Role

Powerpoint Presentation Hanna Onwen Huma

Powerpoint Presentation Catherine Bij de Vaate

Recommendation (1998) 14
Recommendation No. R (98) 14 of the Committee of Ministers to Member States on Gender Mainstreaming

CM/Del/Dec(98)628 appendix 2 16 avril 1998
Message of the Committee of Ministers to Steering Committees of the Council of Europe on Gender Mainstreaming

CDEG (2011) 16
Study on "Combatting Stereotypes in Education"

CDEG(2008)15
Gender Budgeting – Practical Implementation - Handbook
Macedonian, Armenian, Slovenian, Icelandic, Greek

CM/Rec(2008)1
Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on the inclusion of gender differences in health policy

CM/Rec(2007)13
Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers to member states on gender mainstreaming in education adopted by the Committee of Ministers on 10 October 2007 and its explanatory memorandum

EG-S-GB (2004) RAP FIN
Gender Budgeting
Armenian, Macedonian

EG-S-GS (2004) RAP FIN
Promoting Gender Mainstreaming in Schools

CDEG/CDCS (2003) 1
Summary of the discussions

CDEG-GM (2001) 03
Workshop on gender mainstreaming for Chairs and Secretaries of Steering Committees of the Council of Europe (CDCS, CDSP, CDDS, CAHAR)

CDEG-GM (2001) 01
Workshop on Gender Mainstreaming, organised for Steering Committees of the Council of Europe

EG (1999) 13
Gender Mainstreaming: practice and prospects

EG-ATH (1999) 9
Conference “Gender mainstreaming: a step into the 21st century”

EG-S-MS (98) 2 rev
Gender Mainstreaming conceptual framework, methodology and presentation of good practices - Final Report of Activities of the Group of Specialists on Mainstreaming (EG-S-MS)