The European Community of Practice on Gender Mainstreaming (Gender-CoP) is a community dedicated to integrating the gender dimension into the European Social Fund (ESF) programmes (2013-2020) in relation to the EU-2020 targets.
ESF, or the ten-ten-ten fund (10% of the EU budget, €10 billion each year, helping 10 million Europeans annually), plays a key role in fulfilling the vision of a society that offers women and men equal opportunities.
The aim of the Gender-CoP is to take Gender Mainstreaming one step further and to find ways to outline a European minimum standard on how to integrate gender mainstreaming into ESF management in order to improve ESF management and the possibilities to reach gender equality objectives set by the EU, national governments and the Managing Authorities.
The network has developed a standard that will be available during April 2013. The standard will be a helpful tool in order to turn Gender Mainstreaming into an integral part of future ESF management – from planning, programming, implementing to monitoring and evaluation.