The first strategic document in the field of gender-equality policy in Latvia was the Concept Paper on Gender Equality Implementation (2001). The concept paper was used as the foundation for the development of further plans of action and documents to implement the goals set in this policy document. Since then, gender mainstreaming has been the main method for facilitating the principle of gender equality in Latvia, and is constantly adjusted and improved in light of economic, social and political changes and in order to increase awareness of how gender pervades all government policies.
The Department of Development and Planning of Social Policy at the Ministry of Welfare is in charge of the development of gender-equality policy in government. The Committee of Gender Equality was established at the Ministry of Welfare in order to ensure an effective coordination of activities performed by different ministries, social partners, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), governmental agencies, the ombudsman and other relevant bodies. The committee facilitates the implementation, supervision and development of gender-equality policy.
Laws and Policies
The gender-equality goal is determined by the Concept Paper on Gender Equality Implementation, which establishes the promotion of an effective, integrated and coordinated approach to gender equality. Gender mainstreaming has been at the centre of each of the policy Action Plans for Implementation of Gender Equality adopted by the government since 2004.
Methods & Tools
Several methods have been developed and deployed. However, some methods have not been developed or considered.