|Implementing the Equality Acquis|
While the employment chapter is closed in all candidate countries but
Bulgaria and Romania, the extent to which each has implemented and enforced
equality measures differs. This work package aims to assess the extent to
which the equality acquis has been transposed, implemented, and enforced.
Methodology: Partners will identify the relevant national equality
laws, the scope of this legislation, the organisation/s created to implement
and monitor these laws, the mandate given to such organisations, their
capacity to effect policy and attitudinal change, their linkages with
the women's movement and other equality-seeking bodies, and the strategies
they employ to effect gender equality and the effectiveness of their work
to date. Then they will conduct interviews with agencies responsible for
implementation of the equality acquis and other equality laws, with government
ministers and senior bureaucrats responsible for equality legislation,
and with women's NGOs active in this field.
Expected Results: This workpackage will reveal the importance accorded to gender equality as a practice as well as a principle in the candidate countries. While formal equality may exist, this does not necessarily ensure that gender equality and indeed other economic and social equalities are seen as central to good governance.