Domain 2 – Gender mainstreaming tools in parliamentary work

This domain assesses the existence of gender mainstreaming tools and procedures, such as gender equality training, gender equality plans and gender budgeting, that ensure the inclusion of gender issues in parliamentary work.

Gender mainstreaming is a strategy to achieve gender equality and ensure that inequalities are not perpetuated. Gender mainstreaming implies actively supporting the inclusion of a gender perspective and the promotion of equal opportunities in all parliamentary activities and procedures. This means that gender issues should be regularly included in the parliamentary agenda, plenary sessions and the work of committees and sub-groups.

Gender-sensitive parliaments show institutional commitment to mainstreaming gender equality by creating opportunities to incorporate a gender dimension into all areas of their work. They also provide adequate information and support to increase MPs’ competence on gender issues.