Gender Mainstreaming Analysis

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“Governments and other actors should promote an active and visible policy of mainstreaming a gender perspective in all policies and programmes, so that, before decisions are taken, an analysis is made of the effects for women and men, respectively” (UN Women, Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, 1995, Article 105, p62). To ‘main-stream’ is to make available, easier, and common for all to reach. Gender mainstreaming is a policy tool that promotes the inclusion and consideration of gender equality in all areas and aspects of other policies. It helps better enhance both genders opportunities in all aspects of policy developments; especially women’s opportunities in regards to access to employment – for instance – if it is looked at from…show more content…
With the adoption of the Treaty of Amsterdam in 1997, gender mainstreaming became a fundamental aim of the EU; therefore, all member states – old and new – are required by the primary law of the Union to implement gender mainstreaming. Gender mainstreaming will even affect the lives of both gender and make the achievement of gender equality closer to reality, as mainstreaming will tackle all parts of policies and life in general. In the EU Strategy for Equality between women and men, the EU defines gender mainstreaming as “…the integration of the gender perspective into every stage of policy process – design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation – and into all policies of the Union, with a view to promoting equality between women and men. It means assessing how policies impact on the life and position of both women and men – and taking responsibility to re-address them if necessary” (European Commission, 2010,…show more content…
Through gender mainstreaming, inequalities in all member states of the EU can significantly be decreased with each policy development and on the daily life bases as well; however, “the introduction of mainstreaming does not necessarily reduce the need for gender specific policies to deal with gender inequalities and deficits” (Rubery, 2002, p501). Such strategies and policies can hopefully change the point of view of employers about women and will make it easier for them to integrate women in the labour market. One implication for gender mainstreaming is that if it will really help in the recent future with more women inclusion and employment, then day care services and childcare facilities need to as well be enhanced in each member state, and governments and civil society organizations should help support childcare services. Therefore, women employment will increase, and more economic activity and prosperity is the

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