How to integrate Gender in Post-2013 EU Multi-annual Financial Framework

News author: AWID Newsletter
2011-06-09 06:15:49 / News read 1563 reading


The  European Women’s Lobby  (EWL),  WIDE Network, and  the Gender Working Group of  CONCORD, call on  European and national policy-makers to  integrate a women’s rights and  gender equality perspective in  the  forthcoming  decisions about the  scope,  priorities, and financing of the post-2013 EU multi-annual financial framework (MFF). A gender-responsive MFF  that takes into account the differential impact of budgetary decisions on women and men, allocates sufficient  funding for women-specific actions, and encourages gender mainstreaming in all  EU financing  instruments  will make  the limited EU budget more effective. It can also  help the EU to reach the targets of the Europe 2020  Strategy,  to enhance economic growth,  and to answer demographic challenges.


However, these outcomes  require political will to prioritise gender equality in  budgetary decisions:  EU funding  for gender equality is decreasing and predictable and independent budgets for gender equality amount only to 0.37% of EU spending within the 2007-2013 MFF and  studies show  serious gaps in gender mainstreaming in the EU's financing instruments.


Key proposals for a gender sensitive, accountable and participatory post-2013 MFF

1. Make  the values and principles expressed in the Treaty of Lisbon, including democracy, fundamental rights, 

equality between women and men, anti-discrimination, and social justice part of framework of reference for 

the next MFF;



2. Make  in the post-2013 MFF  policy priorities of a) sustaining the European Social Model, and  b)  promoting 

fundamental rights including women’s rights; make these  two  priorities  visible in budget headings and 

support them with strong financial instruments and programmes;



3. Provide adequate and predictable  funding for women’s rights and  gender equality through specific 

programmes/budget  lines under fundamental rights and citizenship (including actions targeting violence 

against women), employment and social policy, and EU’s external policies and through ensuring that all the 

EU  financing programmes have gender equality targets in their founding regulations and that they allocate 

specific funding for reaching these targets.



4. Assess the gender impact of the  proposed  spending priorities,  sources  of  revenue,  and governance tools 

before the MFF is adopted to ensure that the post-2013 MFF is gender sensitive;



5. Include in the MFF a commitment to gender-responsive budgeting to ensure that from 2014 onward gender 

mainstreaming is part of the EU budgetary process from planning to monitoring and evaluation;



6. Make gender mainstreaming a  requirement in the  founding  regulations of all the EU financing programmes

and ensure operationalization in the corresponding strategic documents;



7. Make EU funding  more  accessible  to civil society  organisations at national and European levels and in 

neighbouring and developing countries, both as promoters of EU-funded projects and as recipients of

operating grants.


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