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Gender Equality Programme


Official title

Programme relating to the Community framework strategy on gender equality (2001-2005)


Legal references

Council Decision No 2000/51/EC of 20 December 2000 establishing a Programme relating to the Community framework strategy on gender equality (2001-2005). (OJ L 17 of 19/1/2001)

Exchange of information and good practice and networking at Community level (Strand 3 - strengthening capacity), open call for proposals VP/2001/010 (OJ C 128 of 28/04/2001)



  • To promote and disseminate the values and practices underlying gender equality,
  • To improve the understanding of issues related to gender equality by evaluating the effectiveness of policies and practices,
  • To develop the capacity of players to promote gender equality effectively.


Target public/beneficiaries

Public and private bodies and institutions involved in promoting gender equality, in particular:

  • Member States
  • Local and regional authorities
  • Bodies promoting gender equality
  • Social partners
  • Non-governmental organisations
  • Universities and research institutes
  • National statistical offices
  • The media

The programme shall be open to the participation of the EFTA/EEA countries in accordance with the conditions established in the EEA Agreement; the applicant countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEECs) in accordance with the conditions established in the Europe agreements, in their additional protocols and in the decisions of the respective Association Councils; Cyprus, Malta and Turkey, funded by additional appropriations in accordance with procedures to be agreed with those countries.



The programme runs from 1 January 2001 - 31 December 2005.

Action areas

The programme to promote gender equality shall support activities addressing the following areas of intervention:

  • Economic life: actions to close the remaining gender gaps in the labour market by means of increasing the employment rate of women or facilitating the reconciliation of working and family life; gender segregation of the labour market and gender pay gap issues, etc;
  • Equal participation and representation: actions to redress the poor participation of women in decision-making bodies;
  • Social rights: actions to improve gender mainstreaming in all policy areas which have an impact on women's daily life such as transport, public health and the fight against discrimination on other grounds;
  • Civil life: actions to enforce the human rights of women;
  • Gender roles and stereotypes: actions to alter behaviour, attitudes, norms and values to take account of the evolution of the roles of men and women in society.

Activities must be carried out within a transnational framework under the following strands of action:

1) Awareness raising (Strand 1)

  • The organisation of European level events to raise awareness of gender issues including Community law in the field of gender equality, and an annual large-scale European event on one of the programmes priorities;
  • The organisation of European media campaigns and events to exchange information and disseminate good practice and the publication of materials to disseminate the results of the Programme, such as an Internet site providing examples of good practice, a partner search database, a forum for exchanging ideas, etc;
  • Transnational initiatives, eg, meetings or campaigns, on specific topics (to be agreed) with a view to improving synergy among national policies on gender equality and developing Community added value.

2) Analysis and evaluation (Strand 2)

  • The development and dissemination of comparable statistics broken down by sex and, if possible, by age; development and dissemination of methodologies and indicators;
  • The analysis of women's situation in the labour market, implementation of equality legislation in the Member States, influence and impact of social protection and taxation on women and men and advancement of women in access to decision-making levels will be carried out and lessons learned will be disseminated;
  • The collection, evaluation and dissemination of good practice relating to women and the media, including, overcoming gender stereotypes and promoting positive and varied portrayals of women and men in the media;
  • The publication of an annual report on gender equality and the realisation of a feasibility study on the establishment of a European institute for gender;
  • Thematic studies on the priority themes comparing and contrasting approaches within and across the Member States and applicant countries.

3) Strengthening capacity (Strand 3)

  • Transnational exchange actions comprising at least 3 Member States to exchange information, lessons learned and good practice. These actions may be undertaken by NGOs or social partners at European level and transnational networks of regional or local authorities and of organisations promoting gender equality. These actions may include the mutual transfer and application of good practice, the exchange of personnel, the joint development of products, processes, strategy and methodology, etc.

For the budget exercise 2001, the programme committee has decided to implement actions with regard to the issue of equal pay as a priority, without however excluding activities in respect of the other areas of the programme.


Nature and amount of aid

For the actions falling under Strand 3, the Community's financial contribution will not exceed 80 % of the total acceptable costs of the activities involved. Community grants will generally not exceed EUR 500 000 per project per year and they cannot be smaller than EUR 250 000.

European Union financial support

The programme has been allocated EUR 50 million for the period 2001-2005 (EUR 10 million/year).



The Commission will be assisted by a Management Committee, composed of representatives of Member States, for the implementation and follow-up of the programme.

The actions will be implemented through calls for tenders or calls for proposals.

The proposals for actions to implement in 2001 under Strand 3 of the programme (Strengthening capacity) should be sent by no later than 15 June 2001. The application form (a requirement for applications) is available on request to:


Communication means


Information offices and additional sources of information

European Commission
Directorate General for Employment and Social Affairs
Unit EMPL/G/Equality for women and men
Rue de la Loi 200,
B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 296. 03. 32
Fax: +32 2 296 35 62

NB. This Community factsheet replaces the "Measures to assist the elderly (1996)" factsheet which ended in 1996


date of publication: 05/01


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