Guidelines Gender Equality Policy: A Strategy for Success in the ...

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5B. <strong>Guidel<strong>in</strong>es</strong> <strong>for</strong> <strong>the</strong> negotiations on legislative proposals <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Councilwork<strong>in</strong>g groupsThe impact of legislation on women and men can vary <strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>tensity from one act to ano<strong>the</strong>r.At EU level, an assessment of <strong>the</strong> impact of a given legislative proposal should already havebeen carried out by <strong>the</strong> European Commission be<strong>for</strong>e <strong>the</strong> draft is <strong>in</strong>troduced <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> Councilwork<strong>in</strong>g group. It would be sensible to request or demand this impact assessment from <strong>the</strong>European Commission. In any case, <strong>the</strong> gender relevance of <strong>the</strong> legislation should be discussedat <strong>the</strong> time <strong>the</strong> proposal is <strong>in</strong>troduced.It is quite possible <strong>for</strong> <strong>in</strong>dividual proposals to have no gender relevance. This outcome should berecorded by <strong>the</strong> Chair <strong>in</strong> suitable <strong>for</strong>m (footnote, note <strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> m<strong>in</strong>utes of <strong>the</strong> meet<strong>in</strong>g, etc.).If <strong>the</strong> envisioned legislative proposal has a different impact on women and men, one object of <strong>the</strong>subsequent negotiation rounds of <strong>the</strong> Council work<strong>in</strong>g group will be to scrut<strong>in</strong>ize <strong>the</strong> proposal todeterm<strong>in</strong>e <strong>the</strong> precise reasons <strong>for</strong> this potentially different impact on women and men and draw<strong>the</strong> necessary conclusions. This should be done with<strong>in</strong> <strong>the</strong> normal Council work<strong>in</strong>g groupframework and comply with <strong>the</strong> normal <strong>for</strong>mat <strong>for</strong> Council documents.Example 1One outcome of <strong>the</strong> work could be to address <strong>the</strong> different impact on women and men <strong>in</strong> aparagraph of <strong>the</strong> preamble:… The Council notes that men still have few opportunities to better reconcilefamily and career by avail<strong>in</strong>g <strong>the</strong>mselves of <strong>the</strong>ir right to parental leave.Employer and employee representatives are called upon to address this issue <strong>in</strong><strong>the</strong>ir negotiations.Example 2In <strong>the</strong> case of Directives, one outcome of <strong>the</strong> work could be to expressly call <strong>for</strong> gender-sensitivetransposition <strong>in</strong>to national law.

6C. <strong>Guidel<strong>in</strong>es</strong> <strong>for</strong> <strong>the</strong> plann<strong>in</strong>g and stag<strong>in</strong>g of eventsThe German EU Presidency will set specific accents and stress specific focal areas <strong>in</strong> eventssuch as specialist conferences, meet<strong>in</strong>gs of experts, workshops or o<strong>the</strong>r <strong>for</strong>mats.In a social Europe that seeks to reach its citizens, <strong>the</strong>se events are important not only from aspecialist perspective. They can also af<strong>for</strong>d an opportunity to deliberately supplement <strong>the</strong> givencontent with an element that enhances public acceptance: immediate relevance <strong>for</strong> women andmen and <strong>for</strong> gender equality.In order to achieve this, <strong>the</strong> follow<strong>in</strong>g suggestions should be borne <strong>in</strong> m<strong>in</strong>d:• Childcare services should be offered as needed and as possible at all of <strong>the</strong>a<strong>for</strong>ementioned events staged on <strong>the</strong> occasion of <strong>the</strong> German EU Presidency. This shouldbe taken <strong>in</strong>to account <strong>in</strong> calls <strong>for</strong> tender.• Equal numbers of women and men should be <strong>in</strong>vited as experts wherever possible• O verall, attention should be given to ensur<strong>in</strong>g a balanced distribution of executive tasksbetween women and men. A balanced number of men and women should chair <strong>the</strong> work<strong>in</strong>ggroups of <strong>the</strong> a<strong>for</strong>ementioned events. Where sensible and possible, consideration could begiven to <strong>the</strong> idea of co-chairs (one man and one woman) <strong>in</strong> order to underscore <strong>the</strong> fact that<strong>the</strong> given topic <strong>in</strong>volves and is addressed by women and men alike.• The “functional tasks” associated with an event (welcom<strong>in</strong>g address, chair<strong>in</strong>g of <strong>the</strong>meet<strong>in</strong>g, report<strong>in</strong>g, summary/outlook) should be distributed equally between women andmen.• All topics should also be discussed <strong>in</strong> terms of <strong>the</strong>ir potentially different impact on womenand men.• The documentation of <strong>the</strong> event should be gender-sensitive, e.g. charts, graphs, diagramsand statistics should be disaggregated by sex, first names should be written out, andgender-<strong>in</strong>clusive language should be used.

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