EQUAL Guide on Gender Mainstreaming


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ISBN: 92-79-00128-0

Type of work: Report




Gender mainstreaming is a tool to better understand the causes of inequalities between women and men in our societies and come up with appropriate strategies to tackle them. The goal is to achieve equality between women and men.

But the concept has left many confused. It has been criticised for being too abstract and difficult to understand especially for non-English speakers.

What does it actually mean? How will I benefit as an organisation or even as an individual? Is this just another administrative requirement that I have to comply with?

This guide sets out to provide some of the answers. It explains gender mainstreaming in simple terms and shows the benefits it can bring. It also highlights that gender mainsteaming is a process.


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Full document:
European Commission (2005). EQUAL Guide on Gender Mainstreaming. Brussels: European Commission.