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.
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
- 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?
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.
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.