Conference: Gender Mainstreaming in Austria - Equality policy between utopia and realisation (Conference, 2007)

The Gender Mainstreaming conference organised by L&R Social Research and commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour was conceived as an interface between the past ESF period 2000 to 2006 and the new ESF period 2007 to 2013 as well as a closing event of the GeM Co-ordination Unit. The conference should offer the opportunity for reflection, exchange of information, and networking on basis of the experiences gained so far concerning the realisation of Gender Mainstreaming. The GM conference should enable discussion on the past Gender Mainstreaming realisation experiences in labour market, social, and educational policy. Moreover, proposals for the realisation of Gender Mainstreaming in the new ESF period were collected. Objective of the conference was to critically survey the past realisation of Gender Mainstreaming, to identify weak points, to disseminate successful examples, to collect ideas, in order to further strengthen the Gender Mainstreaming strategy and finally to initiate future co-operation and projects and therefore to trigger impulses for the new ESF period 2007 to 2013.

Team: Claudia Sorger

External Team: Peter Prenner

Project: GeM Co-ordination Unit

Project description:

The GeM Coordination Unit was a comprehensive counselling, information and development project, which was conducted by the L&R Social Research on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Labour of the Republic of Austria (BMWA) from 2000-2007.

Key task of the GeM Coordination Unit was the support of the implementation of gender mainstreaming within the measures of the ESF (European Social Fund) and in a broader sense within the Austrian labour market policy.

Target groups of the GeM Coordination Unit amongst others were the Public Employment Service Austria (AMS), the Federal Social Welfare Offices, the territorial employment pacts, the federal state authorities as well as the project executing organisations, which implement employment market and educational measures.

To support the implementation of gender mainstreaming a number of multifaceted activities have been developed and designed, which can be subsumed in following focal points:

  • Information and Knowledge
    (Amongst others development of the GeM website, GeM Info Letter is published four times a year)

  • Networking and Cooperation
    (Amongst others: GeM Roundtables as well as GeM Topic Forums in all federal states)

  • Counselling and Development  
    (Amongst others: development of the GeM 4-Step Method as well as thereon based guidelines for the implementation of GeM within the GeM Toolbox, organisation of GeM Workshops and creation of the GeM Practice-Guide as well as the GeM Field-Report)

Main publications:

Bergmann, Nadja / Sorger, Claudia: The implementation of gender mainstreaming in the Austrian employment market and policy. A field report of the gender mainstreaming coordination unit. Vienna 2007

Bergmann, Nadja / Pimminger, Irene: Practice Guide Gender Mainstreaming. Concept. Implementation. Experience. Vienna 2004

Bergmann, Nadja / Pimminger, Irene: The Toolbox Gender Mainstreaming. Vienna 2004

Austria’s Employment Pacts Gender Mainstreaming Platform (TEPGEM_Platform): Policy paper for the implementation of gender mainstreaming in the territorial employment pacts. Vienna 2004

2001-2006: GeM Info letter, published 4 times a year

Client: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Labour

Status: finished

Other projects:

GeM-InfoLetter "Time for Women - Time for Men" (Infoletter, 2006)
GeM-InfoLetter "Gender Pay Gap" (Infoletter, 2006)
GeM-InfoLetter "Gainful Employment and Caring" (Infoletter, 2006)
Topic forums Gender Mainstreaming Coordination Unit (Workshop, 2004-2006)
GeM-Infoletter "GeM Parting" (Infoletter, 2006)
GeM-InfoLetter "Diversity" (Infoletter, 2005)
GeM-InfoLetter "Gender Budgeting 2" (Infoletter, 2005)
GeM-InfoLetter "Lifelong Learning and GM" (Infoletter, 2005)
GeM-InfoLetter "Gender related segregation" (Infoletter, 2005)
Monitoring of the implementation of gender mainstreaming in Austria┬┤s Territorial Employment Pacts (Consulting, 2002-2005)
Practical Handbook Gender Mainstreaming (Book, 2004)
GeM-InfoLetter " Disability and Gender" (Infoletter, 2004)
GeM-InfoLetter "GM during award of contract" (Infoletter, 2004)
GeM-ToolBox (Book, 2004)
GeM-InfoLetter "Gender Budgeting 1" (Infoletter, 2004)
GeM-InfoLetter "Evaluation and GM" (Infoletter, 2004)
GeM-InfoLetter "Equal treatment in the EU" (Infoletter, 2003)
GeM-InfoLetter "GM & Equal" (Infoletter, 2003)
GeM-InfoLetter "GM Evaluation in ESF" (Infoletter, 2002)
GeM-InfoLetter "TEP-GeM Platform" (Infoletter, 2002)
GeM-InfoLetter "GeM ToolBox" (Infoletter, 2001)
GeM-InfoLetter "GeM Offer" (Infoletter, 2001)