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The programme of exchange of good practice on gender equality aims at reinforcing mutual learning among EU countries and other participating countries. EEA countries, the associated candidate countries and countries of the western Balkans participating in the stabilisation and association process can also participate in the programme.

The programme focuses on concrete policy measures and on 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 2011 and 2012. The exchanges will focus on the key priority areas of the Women's Charter Choose translations of the previous link  and of the Strategy for equality between women and men 2010-2015 Choose translations of the previous link .

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.

A first set of good practice exchange seminars took place in 2008 and 2009 on childcarepdf(844 kB) Choose translations of the previous link , parental leave, gender roles, and gender based violence.

  • 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 Choose translations of the previous link .
  • 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 Choose translations of the previous link .
  • 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 Choose translations of the previous link  .
  • 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 Choose translations of the previous link .
  • 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 Choose translations of the previous link .
  • 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 Choose translations of the previous link .
  • 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 Choose translations of the previous link .
  • 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 Choose translations of the previous link .
  • 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 Choose translations of the previous link .
  • 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 Choose translations of the previous link .