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Plan International Recommendations on the draft EU Gender Action Plan 2016-2020

EU Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment 2016-2020: Recommendations

Overview

Plan International's Recommendations on the EU Action Plan on Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment 2016-2020

Prepared in collaboration with Plan International's European National Offices, these recomendations cover a range of overarching issues as well as specific considerations relating to each of the four sections in the Action Plan.

Executive Summary

Executive summary

Prepared in collaboration with Plan International's European National Offices, these recomendations cover a range of overarching issues as well as specific considerations relating to each of the four sections in the Action Plan.

Overarching recommendations: 

Gender equality starts with girls: Discrimination against women starts from before they are born, and as such efforts to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment must start with girls. As such, the Gender Action Plan should refer to girls and women consistently throughout the sections.

Addressing social norms and discrimination: Harmful social norms and attitudes are at the heart of discrimination against girls and women and are the root cause of all the issues that the EU is seeking to address in the Action Plan.

No cherry-picking on essential action areas: it is absolutely essential that the European Commission identifies a number of areas of action that all parts of the EU system must work on without exception. We suggest that one of these is the work on combatting harmful social norms and attitudes.

Leave no one behind: focus on the most marginalised: We recommend that the Gender Action Plan takes the same approach as the post-2015 framework, which is based on the princple of "leave no one behind". In order to do so, it should make clear how the plan will focus on the more marginalised girls and women, especially those who experience multiple factors of discrimination.

Policy coherence for sustainable development: The European Commission must ensure that all Directorate Generals with an external mandate are clearly involved in the implementation of the Action Plan.

Objectives, targets and indicators: Monitoring and accountability rely on clear, quantifiable objectives. The draft indicators must be impact-oriented and aligned as far as possible to the indicators for the Sustainable Development Goals framework.

Disaggregated data: Data should be disaggregated - at a minimum - according to age, geographic location, income quintile (of the family in the case of girls), social status and minority status in order to analyse the multiple factors of discrimination, to identify the most marginalised girls and women who are not being reached and to adjust the Action Plan accordingly.

Adequate resources: An ambitious and comprehensive Action Plan must be backed up by commensurate human and financial resources if it is to be implemented effectively.

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