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[ European Commission, DG V ]

© Sept 2001

European Database: Women in Decision-Making

Gender Mainstreaming Strategies in Luxembourg

1. Action Plans for Gender Mainstreaming

Did national, regional and/or local governments in your country launch a plan aiming to implement equal opportunities for women and men in all fields of policy while at the same time ensuring that persisting gender gaps are being addressed by positive action?
No.

2. Getting ready for Gender Mainstreaming

Are national, regional and local governments or other key-players currently preparing the ground for implementing gender mainstreaming?

If you see indications in your country, please elaborate.

National government is currently preparing a national action plan for gender mainstreaming.

Examples:

Awareness raising events and publications by governments, equality infrastructures, women's NGOs, trade unions etc. "Ministère de la Promotion féminine" has published several brochures and so have equality infrastructures, women's NGOs.
Training targeted at various actors organised by governments, equality infrastructures etc. Training is organised focusing on education sector, but teachers participate on own basis to the training.
Conferences are organised by different actors.
Research and study Ministry of Women's Affairs financed research about women's participation in politics.
Information and funding of women's NGOs in a perspective of making them key-actors in the process of gender mainstreaming. Several NGO's are partly financed by Ministry.


3. Gender mainstreaming targeted explicitly at women in decision-making

Besides getting an overview of the broad-based approaches to gender mainstreaming it is important to track information that is particularly relevant to current and future aims of the WID project. The following points reach beyond women's participation in the political arena. Please try to cover them as far as possible considering questions such as:

  • Are the relevant strategies including timetables and quantitative goals?
  • What are the concrete measures to reach them?
  • Who are the major players to take action?
  • What are the relevant monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to be applied?
Tackling gender gaps in decision-making - in both the political arena and in economic and cultural life - as priority in the (already mentioned eventually existing) national action plan for gender mainstreaming. The coalition agreement between the 2 parties in Government states that quotas for elections will not be introduced.
Vertical desegregation of the labour market (i.e. enhancing women's access to senior management and decision-making levels) as a priority among measures described under pillar 4 of your country's National Action Plan for Employment (NAP)'. Luxembourg has introduced "congé parental" (parental leave) and "congé pour raisons familiales" (leave for family reasons) but nothing really to help women access senior management positions or decision making-levels.
Strategies and measures targeted at vertical desegregation in the Community Support Frameworks and Operational Programmes for the new Funding Period (2000-2006) of the European Structural Funds² /
Gender balance in the Monitoring Committees of the Structural Funds /


'NAPs can be found on the Europa Server at the website of the DG Employment & Social Affairs (www.europa.eu.int.) Search for European Employment Strategy.
²In most Member States these can be obtained from the Ministry for Economic Affairs (ERDF), the Ministry of Labour (ESF) and the Ministry for Agriculture (EAGGF).



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