Italy // Structures

At national level, gender mainstreaming is primarily coordinated by the Department for Equal Opportunities within the Presidency of the Council of Ministers (under the Vice-Minister for Labour and Social Policies). It was established in 1997 and acts as an operational unit. The department is in charge of designing, coordinating and monitoring policies for the promotion of equal opportunities.

Moreover, several gender-equality structures with advisory and monitoring functions have been established both at national and local level. These include the National Commission for Equality of Men and Women and the Equal Opportunity Commissions operating at local level, as well as the Network of Equality Advisors in the field of employment, and a National Committee responsible for proposing, informing and promoting positive actions in the field of equal opportunities in the labour market.