Gender mainstreaming is a strategy that integrates women’s and men’s different concerns and interests into the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation stages of all policies, programmes, projects, policies and laws and in all economic, political and societal spheres. It thus ensures that political programmes or services are analysed and evaluated regarding their impacts on gender equality and that appropriate action is taken to achieve gender equality, so that women and men benefit equally. The ultimate goal of gender mainstreaming is to achieve gender equality.

Gender Mainstreaming includes both specific, strategic approaches and technical and institutional processes that aim to achieve gender equality. It should be applied to national public and private organizations, in centralized and decentralized policies and laws, and in services and sectoral programmes.

Ask yourself, are responsibilities for gender mainstreaming and other cross-cutting issues in our measure clearly defined?
For a coherent and sustainable mainstreaming approach, it is important to clearly define responsibilities and responding tasks. Otherwise the cross-cutting issues tend to be neglected due to increasing complexities and limited resources. Gender mainstreaming is the responsibility of the team leader, who can be supported by gender focal points. Gender focal points have to develop ownership and have to have quite some perseverance to integrate their topic throughout the project. The gender approach has strong linkages with other cross-cutting issues such as poverty reduction, human rights or conflict resolution. It can be useful to analyse the linkages relevant to the corresponding project context and to follow a coherent approach which reflects the main concerns of each of these issues.