Whatever happened to gender mainstreaming?: lessons for the EU’s 2014–20 structural and investment funds

Leaza McSorley, Jim Campbell

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Abstract

The concept of gender mainstreaming was adopted by the EU in the mid-1990s and became a requirement for EU Cohesion Policy delivered through the 2000-6 Structural Funds programme, which continued into the 2007-13 period. This chapter explores the impact of gender mainstreaming on projects funded under the Structural Funds in Scotland in the 2007-13 period. A cross-section of ESF- and ERDF-funded projects that supported labour market participation was investigated. The main issues examined included the extent to which the participants understood and were aware of gender mainstreaming and whether they undertook any gender-based monitoring and evaluation. The case of Scotland is then contextualised within the experience of the EU as a whole, highlighting the relevance for achieving Europe 2020 targets. Finally, the chapter discusses what lessons we can learn from this experience and whether gender mainstreaming can deliver in terms of increasing female employment opportunities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEU Cohesion Policy: Reassessing Performance and Direction
EditorsJohn Bachtler, Peter Berkowitz, Sally Hardy, Tatjana Muravska
PublisherRoutledge
Pages140-150
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781315401867
ISBN (Print)9781138224643
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Publication series

NameRegions and Cities
PublisherRoutledge

Keywords

  • economics
  • investment funds
  • gender

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