On 16 August 2021, the comments we submitted on the “National Action Plan for Gender Equality 2021 – 2025” published by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs were published, which can be found posted here, as well as in the attached photo.
The aim of the new Action Plan is to promote a coherent set of policies that will promote the horizontal integration of the gender perspective into sectoral policies, taking into account both the rapidly changing social and economic environment, as well as all the special conditions brought about by the pandemic, as the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs announced. In fact, the Ministry stated that “for the first time, a coordinated effort is being made to integrate policy proposals by all Ministries for the integration of actions that promote gender equality in all planned policies and a process of monitoring their implementation at central, local and regional level is envisaged. ”.
The National Action Plan for Gender Equality 2021-2025 is organised around four thematic Priority Axes, each of which focuses on a specific dimension of gender equality policies. The four Priority Axes are:
- Preventing and combating gender and domestic violence to protect women from all forms of violence and the importance of raising awareness among stakeholders and citizens.
- Equal participation of women in decision-making positions / leadership roles in order to activate women and girls for their participation in the commons and to prepare for filling positions of responsibility.
- Equal participation of women in the labor market to strengthen women’s work and entrepreneurship and to harmonise professional and personal life.
- Gender mainstreaming in sectoral policies, in order to highlight its benefits for all involved, society, economy and development.
“True gender equality, one that does not remain only in theoretical analyses, but penetrates all levels of politics and action and catalyses deeply entrenched discrimination, can only be the starting point of a National Action Plan that includes specific, measurable and realistic goals “, said the Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Affairs, responsible for Demographic Policy and the Family, Maria Syregela.
The content of the new Action Plan was determined, for the first time, within the framework of the National Council for Gender Equality, in accordance with the provisions of article 9 of the Act No 4604/2019 and after a collection of proposals by the relevant ministries.
Every public body, social partner and stakeholder is invited to participate in the open public consultation by submitting any comments and suggestions.
The National Action Plan for Gender Equality 2021-2025 will remain posted and open to everyone for consultation until Friday, August 13, 2021 at 10:00 a.m.
DATAWO’s participation in the Consultation for the “National Action Plan for Gender Equality 2021-2025”
*The comments were submitted in Greek!