Study on gender training in the European Union : mapping, research and stakeholders' engagement (2012–13). Slovenia
In 2002, Slovenia adopted its first Equal Opportunities between Women and Men Act, which foresaw gender mainstreaming as a legally binding governmental approach. Slovenia has a gender equality strategy in the resolution on the national programme for equal opportunities for women and men 2005–13 (this programme and its subsequent biannual action plans were made obligatory by the abovementioned act), which directly details gender mainstreaming as a priority, as set out within the six priority areas of the strategy and set out gender mainstreaming policy commitments. For example, in the action plan for 2010–11, among others, the following priorities were cited: training for the gender mainstreaming for specific ministries and governmental agencies; seminars for gender mainstreaming on local level; seminar for judges about the implementation of the principle of gender equality and non-discrimination; manual and toolkit on gender budgeting. Gender training took the form of separate awareness-raising activities and educational tools designed for particular ministries as part of the ‘Making gender mainstreaming work initiative’, implemented by the Office for Equal Opportunities. The project (co-financed by the ‘Progress’ programme) resulted in concrete tools and training modules for civil servants at the national level but finished in 2008. Several ministries, such as the Office of Equal Opportunities (Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs), have continued and local initiatives were started in 2007.