Department for Equal Opportunities (Presidency of the Council of Ministers)
Dipartimento per le pari opportunità (Presidenza del Consiglio)
The political Authority directly in charge of gender equality and equal opportunities policies in Italy is the President of the Council of Ministers. In September 2014, the President appointed a specific “Gender Equality Advisor to the President of the Council of Ministers”.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 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.