Let’s see some examples:
Balancing the presence of women and men within labour insertion programmes or the introduction of training courses aimed at underrepresented genders to fill a sectoral gap.
This approach began during the 1990s (2) when it became clear that gender equality strategies needed to go further than just positive actions to yield long-term results and produce structural changes.
At an organisational level, it involves (3):
(2) Beijing Platform for Action, UN 4th World Conference on Women (1995). European Commission. Communication ‘Incorporating equal opportunities for women and men into all Community policies and activities .
There is an intense debate on whether positive actions and gender mainstreaming are actually effective for improving gender equality, but both strategies are complementary at an implementation level and individuals have reported positive effects.
There are many online resources concerning the implementation of gender mainstreaming in the workplace and we suggest reading the following guides.
The next sections of the unit offers examples in two of the related topics: parenthood and the improvement of work life balance and strategies for preventing sexual harassment in the workplace.