Czech Republic // Structures

Gender mainstreaming is placed under the responsibility of the Gender Equality Unit within the Office of the Government. Among its activities are the drafting, formulating and assessing of national concept plans and legislation in the field of equal opportunities for women and men. The unit also acts as a national coordinator for gender-equality policies. It performs the role of secretariat to the Council of the Government for Equal Opportunities for Women and Men. Established with an advisory function since 2001, it comprises representatives of governmental ministries, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), social partners and gender experts. It aims to create equal opportunities for women and men and draws up proposals for their promotion and achievement.

Again in 2001, a government resolution ordered all departments to set out a Gender Focal Point, i.e. a member of staff who would dedicate all of her or his work time to promoting equal opportunities for women and men.