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How to incorporate the gender perspective in your own work

Gender glasses can be used in all preparatory work, for example in matters involving legislation and decision-making, and in the preparation of broad projects, programmes and measures.

Step 1: Put on your gender glasses

Examine each matter at every stage of preparation from the perspective of women and men. At the start of the preparatory stage, examine:

  • how the matter affects women and men, girls and boys
  • what you already know about the situations and needs of women and men
  • what more you need to find out.
Use the gender perspective (people = women and men) as one of the examination perspectives throughout the preparation work.
Step 2: Assess gender impact

Gender impact assessment refers to the separate assessment of impacts from the perspective of women and men and gender equality. Gender impact assessment is carried out as standard working practice. Gender impact is always assessed when operations have an effect on different groups of people.

Assess gender impact:

  • by statistical analysis; how do women's and men's situations differ?
  • by conducting further research; how do the differences in women's and men's situations affect issues in the preparatory work?
  • by listening to experts and interest groups; how do they assess the gender impact?
Step 3: Take note of the results

Include the gender perspective when drawing up the final presentation.

  • Examine the impact of gender perspective on the final content.
  • Highlight the results of gender impact assessment and how the assessment was implemented.
  • If an impact assessment was not carried out, present the reasons.
  • Gender perspective must also be considered throughout the monitoring and follow-up stages.
25.09.2013