France

About

The first explicit references to gender mainstreaming in national policy documents emerged in 2000, when the re-establishing of a state secretary for women’s rights and equality in the workplace coincided both with a new spur to gender-equality policies at the domestic level, and the full integration of gender equality in the European Union (EU) legal framework.

Stuctures

National Structures: The Service for Women’s Rights and Equality between Women and Men (SDFE) is the government body in charge of gender equality and gender mainstreaming, placed under the responsibility of the General Directorate for Social Cohesion, within the Ministry of Social Affairs, Health and Women’s Rights. Created in 2010 as part of the general reform of public policies, the directorate promotes women’s rights and gender equality at national, regional and departmental level.

Laws and Policies

Transversal policy documents have been produced since the mid-2000s in a number of policy domains, including gender equality, and annexed to the LOLF. Produced with contributions from relevant ministries, these documents collate all programmes and policy actions related to gender equality, which are then integrated into government priorities.

Methods & Tools

In terms of methods, there are some elements of gender budgeting within the cross-cutting policy documents on gender equality annexed to the LOLF. In addition, the concept of gender impact assessment, which is to be carried out for ‘relevant’ legislation, is receiving greater attention: guidelines are soon to be issued, after an experimentation period (2013), and gender impact assessments are now to be assessed ex ante by the High Gender Equality Council.