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  • Writer's pictureAbigail Nwakanma

Success Stories: Organizations Leading the Way in Gender Mainstreaming

Transforming entrenched systems of inequality demands unwavering commitment. In the pursuit of gender-responsive governance in Europe, a dedicated force for change has been gender mainstreaming, a strategy championed by individuals, organizations, and powerful entities since 1995. This movement gained momentum at the United Nations' (UN) Fourth World Conference in Beijing, where gender mainstreaming was established as a global weapon against inequality. Fast forward to 1996, the European Union (EU) stepped up by launching a gender equality campaign. This pushed for integrating a gender perspective into European policymaking, expanding the concept of equality in European legislation.


Key Words: Gender Mainstreaming, Gender Equality in Europe, European Gender Equality Organizations




The fight for a truly gender-responsive Europe isn't over. Organizations like the EU and the UN continue to play vital roles. But they're not alone! Stay fixed as we explore the other key players leading this critical movement.


Key Players in European Gender Equality:


Established by the European Union, EIGE collects, analyzes, and disseminates information on gender equality across the EU. It provides support and tools for integrating gender perspectives in European policies and decision-making processes.


This division of the Council of Europe develops standards, guidelines, and initiatives to promote gender equality. Their work encompasses several key areas, including combating violence against women, increasing women's participation in political and public life, and analyzing gender impact assessments on legislation.


The Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) is a standing committee in the European Parliament specifically focused on gender equality issues. FEMM prepares legislative reports and initiatives that promote gender mainstreaming in policies across sectors, as well as monitors the implementation of existing policies and laws.


  1. National Gender Equality Bodies:

Each EU member state has its own national bodies dedicated to furthering gender equality. These organizations work closely with governments and nonprofits to implement policies and raise awareness about gender-related issues within their specific countries.


EIGID is a new voice for gender equality in Europe that is fast becoming an advocacy powerhouse, throwing its weight behind the crucial movement of gender mainstreaming. EIGID doesn't just talk the talk, they walk the walk. From powerful advocacy campaigns to informative blog posts (like this one!), seminars, and awareness initiatives, they're relentlessly pushing for true gender equality to become a reality in everyday life. But EIGID isn't alone. Just like the other organizations we've mentioned, they offer a treasure trove of resources. Dive into their work to gain a deeper understanding of the current state of gender mainstreaming in Europe, the hurdles we face, and the inspiring best practices that are paving the way.


Feeling empowered? That's the spirit! Now that you've met these amazing organizations, the question becomes: How can YOU get involved?

Volunteer your time, partner with them, offer sponsorship – there are countless ways to join forces and make a real difference. Reach out, collaborate, and let's build a more gender-responsive Europe together!



References:

Isabella Cresp & Vera Lomazzi, (2019): Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Equality in Europe: Policies, Culture and Public Opinion.

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