Draft Platform for Action
H. Insufficient mechanisms at all levels to promote the advancement of women
Strategic objective H.2. Integrate gender perspectives in [all] legislation, public policies, programmes and projects

Actions to be taken

207. By Governments:

(a) Seek to ensure that before policy decisions are taken, [as appropriate] an analysis of their impact on women and men, respectively, is carried out;

(b) [Systematically review policies, programmes and projects, as well as their implementation, to ensure that they reflect the differential impact of general measures on women and men and their respective contribution to development, taking into account existing inequalities, develop methods of gender-impact analysis, and introduce practical ways and means for applying it at an early stage of the policy development process [especially in terms of the impact of employment and income policies];]

(Alternative)

[Regularly review and implement national policies, programmes and projects, as well as their implementation, evaluating the impact of employment and income policies in order to guarantee that women are the direct beneficiaries of development [and that their contribution is considered in national accounts];]

(c) Promote national strategies and aims on equality between women and men in order to eliminate obstacles to the exercise of women's rights and eradicate all forms of discrimination against women;

(d) Work with members of legislative bodies, as appropriate, to promote a gender perspective in all legislation and policies;

(e) [Establish networks of focal points in all ministries and agencies with a mandate to review policies and programmes, and create mechanisms for the focal points to meet regularly with national machinery in order to monitor progress in the implementation of the Platform for Action.]

208. By national machinery:

(a) Facilitate the formulation and implementation of government policies on equality between women and men, develop appropriate strategies and methodologies, and promote coordination and cooperation within the central government in order to ensure mainstreaming of a gender perspective in all policy-making processes;

(b) Promote and establish cooperative relationships with relevant branches of government, centres for women's studies and research, academic and educational institutions, the private sector, the media, non-governmental organizations, especially women's organizations, and all other actors of civil society;

(c) [Undertake activities focusing on legal reform with regard to the family, conditions of employment, social security, income tax, equal opportunity in education, positive measures to promote the advancement of women, and the perception of attitudes and a culture favourable to equality;]

(d) [Promote a gender perspective in legal reforms, inter alia, with regard to employment, social security, taxation and education;]

(e) [Promote the increased participation of women as both active agents in and beneficiaries of the development process to improve the quality of life for all;]

(f) Establish direct links with national, regional and international bodies dealing with the advancement of women;

(g) Provide training and advisory assistance to government agencies in order to integrate a gender perspective in their policies and programmes.


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