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.
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