The first efforts for implementing gender mainstreaming in Greece were made in the 2000s, when the General Secretariat for Gender Equality (GSGE) actively participated in the planning process of the third Community Support Framework (CSF) 2000–2006, which is Greece’s development programme financed by European Union (EU) Structural Funds. As a result, actions for gender equality were included in the operational programmes of the CSF, equality officers were appointed for each operational programme, and regional Committees for Gender Equality were set up across the country.


Established in 1985, the General Secretariat for Gender Equality (GSGE), which is part of the Ministry of Interior, is the government agency responsible for designing and monitoring the implementation of policies for gender equality in all sectors. In particular, it is in charge of implementing the national gender-mainstreaming strategy in the framework of the National Programme for Substantive Gender Equality 2010–2013.

Laws and Policies

A comprehensive national gender-mainstreaming strategy was launched in 2010 through the National Programme for Substantive Gender Equality, which identifies gender mainstreaming in public policies and at all policy levels as one of its three pillars. The tasks for the implementation of gender mainstreaming are defined by the NSRF 2007–2013, the reference document for the programming of EU funds at national level.

Methods & Tools

A variety of methods are being deployed and several guides and tools have been made available for different levels of administration. The involvement of stakeholders and gender experts has been central in the implementation of gender mainstreaming: five thematic expert committees – involving experts, academics and policymakers – have been formed in the five priority areas (gender-based violence; employment; library; arts and culture; gender mainstreaming), and they are consulted systematically in all phases of the policy cycle.

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