In 2001, the European Commission designed its Framework Strategy on Gender Equality for the next five years and started a Community Action Program with the objectives to promote values and practices, improve the understanding of issues on Gender Equality and to develop the capacity of players to promote it. A multi-national consultancy firm, contracted by the European Commission, required the expertise and resources of the Gender Institute at LSE. LSE were to assist the client in order to provide an external evaluation of the Framework strategy on Gender Equality. The Framework Strategy forms part of a Social Policy Agenda. LSE Enterprise was uniquely placed to draw on the resources of the Gender Institute at LSE to provide and deliver the project.
Approach and methodology
Capitalizing on the expertise of the Gender Institute at LSE, LSE Enterprise delivered multi-phase consultancy modules in the span of three years. An action programme on gender equality was devised utilising policies which sought to promote the equality of men and women. The methods used encompassed an evaluation of the factors and policies relating to gender as well as gathering statistics, carrying out studies, performing impact assessments, developing indicators and benchmarks and disseminating results. This also involved monitoring the implementation and application of Community legislation on equality. All were used as an instrument to implement the framework strategy.
Solution and benefits
The target area of the programme covered economic life, social rights, civil life, gender roles and equal participation. The framework strategy was evaluated by conducting an overall assessment of the Community added value on gender equality. An awareness raising campaign was undertaken alongside a strengthening capacity programme. The client was able to tap into LSE's specialist areas of expertise on gender studies to add a valuable and impartial perspective on the subject.