EU Plan of Action on
Gender Equality and Women’s
Empowerment in Development
2010-2015
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Workshop on Strengthening implementation of
the EU Gender Equality Action Plan
Brussels, 23 March 2011
Victoria Correa, Policy Officer for Gender Equality
DG DEVCO I3, European Commission
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Background
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• Commission Communication on Gender Equality and Women
Empowerment in Development Cooperation in March 2007
• Council Conclusions on Gender Equality and Women
Empowerment in Development Cooperation in May 2007
Process
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• June 2008: Issues Paper consulted in MS Gender Experts
meeting (part of Communication on mainstreaming crosscutting issues) and to Civil Society Consultation
• November 2008: EU Gender Action Plan decided as a
separate Staff Working paper
• February 2009: MS Gender Experts meeting
• December 2009: MS Gender Experts meeting
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A genuine EU Gender Action Plan
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• Member States involved from the beginning of the process:
MS meetings, online consultations, frequent contacts
• Task Force composed of DK, NL, Fr, Fi, UK, and Es + Com
staff + Gender Help Desk have contributed to the drafting
• EU Gender Action Plan builds on common existing resources,
instruments and mechanisms
Why is this EU Action Plan special?
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•Unique opportunity to coordinate our actions (according to PD)
as it provides COM and MS with framework of actions at HQ
and country-level, with indicators
•Collective effort in our relations with partners countries can only
lead to progress on gender equality in development
cooperation
•A tool for more visibility on gender issues
•Comes at a good time: UNSCR 1889, 1888, Beijing + 15, 10th
anniversary 1325, MDG Review Summit
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Adoption
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• Approved by the EU Council on June 2010 as an
Operational Framework to reiterate the strong EU
Commitment to Gender Equality as:
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A human right;
A question of social justice;
A core value of the EU development policy.
1. Lead role of EU to promote GEWE in
development
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High level commitment and annual progress reports;
Make EU commitments visible;
A lead donor at partner country level + joint work MS;
Strengthen cooperation on GEWE with regional
organizations and International Organisations.
2. Ensure adequate human and financial
resources for GEWE
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financial funding: MS and COM should identify financial
resources for GAP implementation; and increase EUR 10
Million for gender;
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Build in-house capacity: Gender training in Core
Curriculum for staff at HQ and Country level, gender
mainstreaming in all training programmes, genderexpertise core-competence for HOMs, toolkit, etc.
3. Gender is systematically on the agenda of
dialogue
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Guidance notes for HOMs on GE;
GE as topic in the dialogue;
Gender Coordination Mechanism/Group in countries;
Gender analysis in annual country reviews, gender
mainstreaming in next generation of CSPs and NIPs.
4. Mainstream GE in all EU funded aid
modalities
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Gender responsive indicators in GBS;
EU guidelines on GE-Indicators and genderdisaggregated indicators + monitoring;
Gender-sensitive indicators in all SWAPs;
Integration GE-issues in sector/macro Policy Dialogue;
Screening projects for gender-sensitiveness;
ROM-reports are gender-aware + recommend on how to
improve gender performance;
75% of new proposals score G-2 or G-1 (in 2013).
5.Prioritize NSA’s participation, capacity
building, and advocacy on GEWE
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Promote NSAs participation in annual dialogues on gender
Include GE-dialogue in joint annual reports on development
cooperation
Promote capacity building of NSAs on GE
Make templates for Calls for Proposals more gender-sensitive
6. Improve EU monitoring, accountability
and transparency on allocation of funds for
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Establish baselines for GE-indicators
Apply G-marker in 80% of EU projects + report to OECD
Track EU expenditure on GEWE (+ Annual Report)
Mid-term evaluation (2013) to assess gender mainstreaming
in development cooperation
GAP evaluation in 2015.
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7. Strengthen country’s efforts to achieve
MDG-3 + MDG-5
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Focus on GEWE in High Level Meetings
Continue partnering with UN and OECD/DAC on GEWE
GE in dialogue & interventions (gender-indicators) on Food
Security, Education, Health, Climate Change
Idem on economic policy, and increase support for
women’s economic & political empowerment with
Maternal Mortality and reproductive health in policy
dialogue on national health strategies.
8. Strengthen country’s efforts to combat
GBV and discrimination against women
and girls
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Online course for EU staff on how to implement EU
guidelines to end VAW/G;
80% of EU delegations take measures to implement
Guidelines;
Increase support for NSAs on implementing EU
guidelines
Systematic involvement of women’s rights networks and
organisations in consultations on launching Calls for
Proposals on Human Rights.
9. Support countries to implement UNSCRs
1325,1820,1888, 1889
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Capacity building on implementing UNSCRs on Women,
Peace and Security.
Operational Framework
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Operational Framework
• For each of the 9 Specific Objectives:
- Actions
- Indicators
- Time-table
• Tasks for Commission and EU Member States
- At HQ level
- At Country Level
• Reporting: Annually. Final evaluation in 2015
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THANKS
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