Mutual Learning Programme in gender equality

The mutual learning programme in gender equality aims to reinforce mutual learning among EU countries. 

The programme focuses on policy measures as well as concrete and existing examples. It addresses both the opportunities and limitations of real life implementation. 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.

Exchange of good practice seminars

The Commission organises around 3 exchange of good practice seminars each year. They focus on the priority areas of the Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025.

Webinar series on gender-sensitive responses to the COVID-19 crisis

In the first half of 2020, a series of webinars was organised on gender-sensitive responses to the COVID-19 crisis. The events addressed the main pillars of the Gender Equality Strategy 2020-2025 – Free, Thrive and Lead. You can find the related documents here.

February 2020, Slovakia

In February 2020, the Slovak Republic hosted a mutual learning seminar on gender mainstreaming and gender budgeting in the ESIF and national budgets. Slovakia and the Czech Republic presented their approaches to gender mainstreaming in the ESIF. Austria described its national gender budgeting strategy. The documents related to this seminar are available here.

September 2019, Sweden

The Mutual Learning seminar held in Stockholm examined opportunities and challenges to prevent domestic violence by involving men and boys. Good practice examples from Sweden supported the discussions. The documents related to this seminar are available here.

May 2019, Iceland

In May 2019, Iceland hosted a seminar on Equal Pay, presenting its Law on Equal Pay Certification and the related Equal Pay Standard. The documents related to this seminar are available here.

November 2018, France

In November 2018, France hosted a mutual learning seminar on Women and the media. The seminar addressed initiatives to overcome the under-representation of and discrimination against women in all media professions, as well as the broader issue of gender stereotypes and sexism in media content. The documents related to the seminar are available here.

October 2018, Spain

The Mutual Learning Seminar on Combatting trafficking in women and girls for the purpose of sexual exploitation took place in Madrid on 29-30 October 2018. Host country Spain presented its activities aimed at reducing demand and promoting multi-agency coordination and communication in the fight against trafficking. The documents related to the seminar are available here.

October 2018, Germany

In October 2018, Germany hosted a mutual learning seminar on Promoting long-term paternal involvement in family work and presented its good practice on parental allowances. The documents related to the seminar are available here

February 2018, Greece

The Mutual Learning seminar ‘Support services for victims of violence in asylum and migration’ focused on the Greek ‘Protocol of Cooperation’ as a good practice example. The documents related to the seminar are available here.

September 2017, Denmark

The seminar examined ways of tackling sexual harassment with a focus on good practices in addressing digital sexual abuse in Denmark and a national campaign to fight sexual harassment in public transport in France. The documents related to the seminar are available here.

June 2017, Sweden

Sweden hosted a mutual learning seminar on the impact of tax systems on gender equality and presented its policy on full individual taxation, which was first introduced in 1971. The documents related to the seminar are be available here.

October 2016, Belgium

During this seminar, the host country Belgium presented the measures of the 2012 Gender Pay Gap Law and their practical implementation. The documents related to the seminar are available here.

June 2016, Slovenia

Slovenia hosted a mutual learning seminar on promoting women in political decision-making positions and presented its initiatives on awareness raising and legislative quotas with the aim to improve the under-representation of women. France participated as associated country and presented its approach to legislating for parity democracy. The documents related to the seminar are available here.

April 2016, United Kingdom

Seminar on practices from the UK and Italy in tackling female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and other harmful practices through legislation, improving the evidence base on FGM and the role of awareness raising and training. The documents related to the seminar are available here.

October 2015, France

Seminar on good practices to support single 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.

September 2015, Denmark

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.

October 2014, Finland

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.

September 2014, United Kingdom

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.

June 2014, Austria

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.