Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality
The Mutual Learning Programme (MLP) in gender equality aims at reinforcing mutual learning among EU Member States.
The Mutual Learning Programme in Gender Equality focuses on policy measures as well as concrete and existing examples. It addresses both the opportunities and constraints for policy implementation and it concretely highlights the possibilities and challenges for transferability to other countries.
The Commission will organise three exchanges each year in 2015 and 2016. The exchanges will focus on the key priority areas of the Women's Charter and of the Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015.
The programme provides an opportunity for the stimulation of debate and exchange of experience between governmental representatives, independent experts and other relevant stakeholders. The ultimate aim is to facilitate the dissemination of good practice on gender equality in Europe.
- The mutual learning seminar, held in London on 28-29 April 2016, examined and discussed good practices from the United Kingdom and Italy in tackling female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and other harmful practices. Discussion of the good practices took place amongst thirteen Member States and with representatives from the European Commission, the European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) and the End FGM European Network. The presentations of good practices from the UK and Italy led to detailed discussion about multi-faceted ways in which FGM and other harmful practices can be tackled and prevented through legislation, integrated child protection systems, improving the evidence base on FGM, cooperation between different services, awareness-raising among practising communities and training of professionals. The documents related to the exchange are available here.
- The seminar held in October 2015 in Paris, focused on good practices to support lone parents. France presented a wide range of measures including universal and selective benefits, support in accessing employment, flexible childcare and family support. Germany presented programmes to support lone parents in accessing the labour market, to foster networking with employers and to enhance coordination and partnerships between local bodies. The documents related to the exchange are available here.
- On 29-30 September 2015, Denmark hosted a seminar on gender segregation in the labour market and education. Denmark presented pilot projects to attract more male pedagogues to the field of early childhood education and care. Northern Ireland and the Netherlands participated as associated countries and presented their initiatives to promote more women and girls in STEM. The documents related to the exchange are available here.
- In October 2014, Finland hosted a seminar to discuss the role of men in gender equality. Austria and Iceland joined the seminar as associated countries and presented their policies on supporting paternity and parental leave. The documents related to the exchange are available here.
- On 11-12 September 2014, the United Kingdom hosted a seminar to discuss policy measures aimed at encouraging female entrepreneurship. The United Kingdom and Germany presented their actions supporting women in entrepreneurship. The documents related to the exchange are available here.
- On 3-4 June 2014, Austria hosted a seminar on gender impact assessment. Austria presented its approach to Gender Budgeting and regulatory gender impact assessment. Finland described its tools for gender impact assessment in law drafting. The documents related to the exchange are available here.
- In November 2013, France hosted a seminar on reconciliation of work and family life. France presented several good practices in the field of parenting: A website informing about child care facilities, the French system of child-minders and the use of service vouchers to regulate personal and home-aid services. The documents related to the exchange are available here.
- In June 2013, Estonia hosted a seminar on Equal Pay Days. Three different approaches to organising Equal Pay Days were under review: In Estonia the organisation of the event is carried out by a NGO. In Belgium the trade unions promote the day and in Spain the state is responsible for the organisation. The documents related to the exchange are available here.
- In April 2013, Spain hosted a seminar to discuss measures to fight violence against women. Spain and Ireland described their actions aimed at providing victims' support, using ICT and treatment programmes for perpetrators. The documents related to the exchange are available here.
- In October 2012, Portugal hosted a seminar on Gender training in education. The practices presented included the Portuguese “Educational Guides Gender and Citizenship”, the Spanish online training course “Coeducation: Two sexes in one world” and two examples from Denmark focussing on children and youth. The documents related to the exchange are available here.
- In May 2012, Norway hosted a seminar focusing on ways to increase the number of women in economic decision making positions. While Norway described its policy on mandatory gender quotas on corporate boards, the UK and Denmark presented their actions in the field, focusing on voluntary mechanisms by companies. The documents related to the exchange are available here.
- In February 2012, the UK hosted a seminar to discuss awareness raising activities to fight violence against women and girls. The UK and Greece presented their actions in the field. The documents related to the exchange are available here.
- In December 2011, Germany hosted a seminar on ways of reducing the gender pay gap. Germany presented its Logib-D project and Austria outlined their company income reports. The documents related to the exchangeare available here.
- In October 2011, The Netherlands hosted a seminar on flexible working time arrangements. The good practice discussed was the Dutch Nieuwe Werken (New Forms of Work). The programme is supporting the diffusion of flexible work patterns in order to increase working time, especially among women, and to facilitate the work-life balance for women and men. The documents related to the exchange are available here.
- In May 2011 a seminar was held in Belgium focussing on the implementing gender mainstreaming. Two good practices were reviewed: one by the host country Belgium and the other by Sweden. The documents related to the exchange are available here.