Gender Mainstreaming Case Studies

Objectives: To conduct a full review of the mainstreaming infrastructure (across all government departments) within each candidate country. To examine two specific policy issues in order to assess the extent to which women's concerns and perspectives are incorporated into public policy-making.

Critical Questions:

  • What commitment has government made to gender mainstreaming (e.g., political commitment, included in policy documents, implemented and funded)? Has it been effective?
  • How do government departments conduct gender mainstreaming?
  • Why are the chosen case studies of concern to women?
  • What women's NGOs are active on these issues? Do they work with other NGOs in the field? Is there evidence of coalition-building among groups on these issues?
  • To which institution/s of governance do they direct their attention? What strategies do they employ to bring this issue onto the political agenda? Is the initiative in raising this issue coming from another part of the governance framework?
Methodology: Partners will analyse the existence and effectiveness of gender mainstreaming programmes across all government departments. The consortium will identify two policy issues of importance for women's equality, and each partner will trace their legislative progress in detail. This will involve interviews with campaigners, parliamentarians, government ministers and officials with responsibility in the areas chosen along with studies of parliamentary debates and other documentation. The co-ordinator will also review the situation in EU member states to obtain examples of best practice relevant to candidate countries.

Deliverables: Each partner will produce a country report, which will be published as journal articles, disseminated to relevant NGOs and government organizations, and feature in the final country report. The co-ordinator will produce a comparative report, report which will be a chapter in the final report/book.

Expected Results: As gender mainstreaming is a key tool in the EU's efforts to affect gender equality, this workpackage will highlight the degree of resistance or acceptance by the governance framework in candidate countries to the incorporation of gender concerns and perspectives into policy-making. The provision of this concrete information, which is often difficult for officials to obtain, can aid the efforts of the EU and NGOs to prompt further change.

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