Monitoring of the implementation of gender mainstreaming in Austria┬┤s Territorial Employment Pacts (Consulting, 2002-2005)

The monitoring of the implementation of gender mainstreaming of the Territorial Employment Pacts was an essential part of the GeM-coordination unit´s work. From 2002 to 2005, the coor-dination unit of the Territorial Employment Pacts in Austria and all the Austrian TEPs worked on a national gender mainstreaming project together, with the goal of creating and realising common tools for the implementation of gender meanstreaming in the TEPs.

Therefore, the TEPs Gender Mainstreaming Platform, abbreviated TEPGEM_Platform, was founded. The GeM-coordination unit organised and conducted, as regards content, regular TEPGEM_Platform meetings.

In a kick-off workshop in June 2002, it was decided to work together on the policy paper regarding the implementation of gender mainstreaming in the Territorial Emploment Pacts, consisting of basics and tools. This policy paper regarding the implementation of gender mainstreaming in the TEPs (in short: TEPGEM_Strategy) was created in a number of workshops as well as in interim working groups. The paper is based on collective development work and the consensus of all participants and symbolises a recommendation of the TEP-GEM_Platform for the Pacts. Furthermore, the paper must be considered as a "paper in progress", which can be amended and adapted with experiences from the working field if necessary. The TEPGEM_Strategy was presented for the first time in September 2003; in the following some of the elements of the paper were field-tested. The adapted and TEPGEM_Platform approved TEPGEM_Strategy has been available since October 2004.

In Autumn 2005, the TEPGEM-Platform decided to work on an indication paper, additionally to the TEPGEM-Strategy - indicators for the acquisition of equal opportunities on the employment market within the TEPs. This paper also needs to be seen as a recommedation.

Team: Nadja Bergmann

External Team: Irene Pimminger

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:

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