Denmark // Structures

There is a special focus on gender mainstreaming in Denmark, with the Minister for Gender Equality taking the lead, and the Department for Gender Equality acting as a secretariat for the minister. From 2001 to 2013, the Minister for Gender Equality was supported by the Gender Mainstreaming Steering Committee, which consisted of high-level representatives from all ministries. In addition, an Interministerial Network on Gender Mainstreaming, comprising all ministerial employees responsible for or co-ordinating gender-mainstreaming work, acts as a professional forum where employees can gain knowledge and exchange experiences.

Furthermore, Denmark has a national equality body – the Danish Institute for Human Rights – which deals with equal treatment in the areas of race, ethnicity and, since 2011, gender.