This study visit took place in Bilbao on 22-23 June. It was aimed at Equality Bodies, in particular members of the Equinet Equality Mainstreaming Cluster.
For the past 2 years, the Equinet Equality Mainstreaming Cluster has focused on sharing good practices and raising awareness among decision makers on equality mainstreaming tools, including equality duties, equality impact assessments and equality plans. 2 compendiums of Equality Bodies’ good practices of working with those tools were published and 2 high level conferences were held. After this strong external focus, this year the Cluster will focus more on peer exchange, with a study visit to Emakunde, the Basque Institute for Women, created in 1989 to promote gender equality and women’s rights in the Basque Country. Emakunde works on various fronts, including policy-making, awareness-raising, and training, to ensure gender equality in all aspects of life. This study visit will be combined with an in-person Cluster meeting and the opportunity to meet with some local relevant organisations, including members of public and private sector organisations working on equality mainstreaming.
Emakunde has joined the Conferences the Mainstreaming cluster has organised in the last two years and gave us a glimpse of the very comprehensive and complex mainstreaming system they have put in place. This Study visit focused on them sharing how they implemented this systems, which includes, for instance, having gender mainstreaming people in all levels of administration and areas, requesting private entities to implement equality plans, a Master’s degree designed for Equality experts, the use of public procurement clauses etc.
Objective: Build the capacity of Equality Bodies to support and promote the use of equality mainstreaming tools by public authorities and private sector actors through focused peer exchange.
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