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Gender mainstreaming vs positive action : an ongoing conflict in EU gender equality policy


Stratigaki, Maria


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Abstract This article examines the development of a gender mainstreaming strategy in the EU by illustrating how this strategy was shaped by other than gender equality policy goals. Gender mainstreaming was originally launched in 1996 to promote gender equality in all EU policies, in the context of international and European mobilization on women's issues. It was aimed to transform mainstream policies by introducing a gender equality perspective. However, it has been largely used as an alibi for neutralizing positive action. The successful implementation of positive action in political decision-making had challenged the gender distribution of political power over policy institutions and technical, human and financial resources. This led to policy softening and institutional weakening due to counteracting by the EU political and administrative hierarchies. The argument is based on text analyses of relevant Community acts and on direct observations of the policy process, based on personal working experiences in the European Commission
Thesaurusschlagwörter gender mainstreaming; EU; affirmative action; women's policy
Klassifikation Europapolitik; Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung
Freie Schlagwörter European Commission; gender equality policies; positive action; women in political decision-making
Sprache Dokument Englisch
Publikationsjahr 2005
Seitenangabe S. 165-186
Zeitschriftentitel European Journal of Women's Studies, 12 (2005) 2
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1350506805051236
Status Postprint; begutachtet (peer reviewed)
Lizenz PEER Licence Agreement (applicable only to documents from PEER project)