Italy Laws and Policies
The National Code of Equal Opportunities between Women and Men provides the legal framework for the development of gender equality and gender mainstreaming at national level. Moreover, several guidelines provide for the implementation of gender mainstreaming both at national level. These include the directive on promoting the implementation of gender-mainstreaming methods within public administrations and the Prodi-Finocchiaro Directive on actions to promote the allocation of powers and responsibilities to women. However, as a political document, this directive was no longer considered a point of reference to guide national policies after the collapse of the government, and no new guidance document has been created by subsequent governments. VISPO – Strategic Impact Assessment on Equal Opportunity is a tool for implementing gender mainstreaming at local level, including gender impact assessment, gender analysis and evaluation.