Study on gender training in the European Union : mapping, research and stakeholders' engagement (2012–13). Spain
In Spain, gender mainstreaming and training for gender mainstreaming is required by law, according to Article 61 (paragraph 1) of the 2007 law, on equality between women and men. The same law stipulates a requirement in entrance examinations to civil service to test applicants’ knowledge of the principle of equality between women and men. In addition to the legal requirements introduced by the abovementioned law on gender mainstreaming/training, Spain has policy commitments to gender training and mainstreaming at national, ministry and local level. The national plan for training on equality of opportunities between women and men reiterates gender training provisions in the law on equality between women and men. Several training programmes for employees of public administration are provided by the Instituto de la Mujer (hereafter, the Institute). In the action plan (2008–11), gender training was referred to in various chapters. At a ministry level, two examples of policy commitment to gender mainstreaming/training were identified in the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of the Interior. With respect to the Ministry of Health, the 2008–11 plan stipulates, as an objective, ‘to initiate awareness-raising and training among the technical personnel and managers of health services, in order to integrate a gender perspective in their work and, to promote a gender perspective in the continuous training of all national health service staff’. At a local level, the Basque Country ensures that its entire staff receives basic, progressive and permanent training in material relating to gender equality.