Estonia // Laws and Policies

Gender-equality issues are mainly regulated by the Gender Equality Act (GEA) 2004. The act stipulates that state and local government agencies are required to promote gender equality systematically and purposefully; that public authorities are required to address conditions and circumstances that hinder the achievement of gender equality; and that agencies must take into account gender equality when planning, implementing and assessing national, regional and institutional strategies, policies and action plans. The act also established the institution of the Gender Equality Commissioner.

Although a gender-mainstreaming strategy is absent at national level, several programmes on gender equality and gender mainstreaming have been carried out, as well as projects financed by EU or external funds.