The Austrian Way Towards Embracing Gender and Diversity in Education

Doris Guggenberger’s “Der lange Weg. Von der Mädchenbildung zu Gender und Diversität“ (2017) sheds light on federal gender mainstreaming policies in the field of education, pointing to federal resolutions, laws, and meeting protocols and addresses questions such as: When, how and in which context has the Austrian gender mainstreaming strategy been developed? What has shaped and influenced it? Who were the main drivers? … Continue Reading The Austrian Way Towards Embracing Gender and Diversity in Education

Public Procurement overhaul: Ways of Promoting Women and Gender Equality Pursuant to the Austrian Public Procurement Law 2018

Public Procurement Law applies whenever the state or public authorities procure works, goods or services.  While at first glance public procurement law is an instrument to ensure fair competition, there is more to it than meets the eye. As the state or public authorities purchase works, goods or services they act as a role model and shape society and the economy (price dumping vs. competition for quality); and this even more so, as the public procurement market accounts for approximately one fifth of the European GDP.

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Sweden publishes Gender Procurement Guide

The Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, SALAR, has published a guide on gender procurement, which informs on the legal possibilities of imposing gender equality criteria in public procurement on the one hand and contains practical examples on the other one.  While the term gender procurement is often used in a narrow sense, SALAR uses a more comprehensive approach: According to the association the concept of gender procurement revolves around ensuring that all citizens are offered equal services regardless of gender and aims to increase overall efficiency and quality of services.

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EIGE publishes Gender Procurement Checklist

If the state does not provide any services by itself or if it procures products and goods, it usually concludes contracts with third parties. According to EIGE public procurement has a great potential to promote gender equality, both on the inside and on the outside. Whenever public procurement takes account of gender (equality) or gender mainstreaming principles, this is called Gender Procurement. As in Gender Procurement money moves from one party (the state) to another one, it is deemed to be part of Gender Budgeting.

According to EIGE the use of secondary or gender criteria is not only in line with public procurement laws (i.e. the EU Procurement Directives), but also Continue Reading EIGE publishes Gender Procurement Checklist

Kazakhstan goes Gender Budgeting

From 19-23 June 2018, the National Commission on Women Affairs and Socio-Demographic Policy of Kasachstan organised a study visit to Vienna featuring Gender Budgeting in which mostly members of the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Economy of Kasachstan participated.

Head of Department III/1 Gender Equality Policies and Legal Matters in the Federal Chancellery, Continue Reading Kazakhstan goes Gender Budgeting

AUSTRIA: Budget Analysis 2018 and 2019

 

The Austrian Parliamentary Budget Office published its budgetary analysis for 2018 and 2019, with special emphasis on Gender Budgeting.

The estimated budget for 2018 and 2019 takes account of 36 gender equality objectives, whereby 28 – that equals 78% – primarily have an external social impact as requested by the law. They cover the entire range of gender quality, notably reconciliation of work and family life, improving distribution of gainful employment, raising awareness for gender equality, and improving the re-integration of women into the labour market as well as their share in research, innovation and technology-related areas of work. Eight objectives are limited to Continue Reading AUSTRIA: Budget Analysis 2018 and 2019

Latest book on Gender Budgeting in Europe

Angela O’Hagan, Elisabeth Klatzer (Eds.)

 

“Gender Budgeting in Europe – Developments and Challenges”

  • provides a critical exploration of the historical and conceptual background to gender budgeting.
  • offers investigation of approaches to adoption and implementation from diverse parts of Europe over almost 20 years.
  • critically reflects on gender budgeting activity at different levels of government across a range of countries.
  • reaffirms feminist engagement in gender analysis of budget processes and economic policy.

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Study: “Gender Equality and Taxation in the European Union”

Written by Gunnarsson, Asa; Schratzenstaller, Margit ; Spangenberg, Ulrike;

On 30th of May the study “Gender equality and taxation in the European Union” was presented to the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) in the European Parliament which provides an overview of gender aspects in taxation at Member State and EU level and deals with the gender-specific effects of taxation systems.

Although most Member States have abolished tax regulations that implicitly differentiate between men and women, tax systems and fiscal policy decisions still affect women and men differently. As tax regulations interact with gender-differentiated socioeconomic realities, gender gaps persist. In general terms, it can be safely stated that on average men earn more and are wealthier than women.

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“Engendering Environment. Gender Mainstreaming und Gender Impact Assessment in Environmental and Health Protection”

Conference of the Gender Equality Officer of the German Federal Environment Agency

Gender mainstreaming and its instruments, including gender impact assessment, can look back upon over 20 years of history. The conference was devoted to encouraging international exchange of experiences with gender mainstreaming implementation in research as well as in the practice of public administration. Continue Reading “Engendering Environment. Gender Mainstreaming und Gender Impact Assessment in Environmental and Health Protection”