Activity of Flemish Government, Team Equal Opportunities in Flanders
Aims and objectives
Creating Equal Opportunities in Flanders is the ultimate goal of the team. It advises the Minister for Equal Opportunities and prepares, carries out and monitors policy. It focuses on eliminating and preventing discriminatory mechanisms based on gender, sexual orientation, physical accessibility, disability and accessibility of information. Where gender policy is concerned, the strategic aim is to create a society in which gender mechanisms no longer hinder equal opportunities. In other words, to eliminate gender as a decisive mechanism in our society. There are several objectives: • In order to create gender awareness to fight gender mechanisms, it's important that people -men and women- notice them and recognise their impact on their lives. This recognition is the first step to fighting gender mechanisms. • To create equal participation of men and women in all domains of public life In our 'own policy' (initiatives we can take ourselves without the need for collaboration with other ministries/policy fields) we focus on political participation, membership of advisory and executive boards, and equal payment and presence in the workplace. We also urge other policy actors in the Flemish government to work to create the equal participation of men and women within their field of influence (we use the open method of coordination to do this). We 'feed' and coordinate this process.
Name: Flemish Government, Team Equal Opportunities in Flanders
Stakeholder: Regional/Local Organisation
Area of intervention: Men and gender equality
Organisation Country: Belgium
Organisation Zip Code: 1000
Organisation Phone: 02 553 58 46
Name: Agna Smisdom
Making men aware of how gender works (via awareness-raising campaigns, education, etc.) and making it clear that the impact of gender mechanisms is not only negative for women but also for men.
- 'Denk niet cliché. Stem niet cliché' (2009): http://www.gelijkekansen.be/nieuws.asp#vvsnc Awareness-raising campaigns to stress the importance of diversity (e.g. gender balance)
- 'Genderklik-campagne' (2011-2012): the objective of this large-scale campaign is to teach the general population to recognise the workings and impact of gender mechanisms in their own lives. The campaign will include an information website, a competition for students, a media campaign, a whole range of projects by a broad range of organisations that can obtain grants to develop and implement instruments
- 'Expertendatabank' (from 2008 onwards): database with names of experts in a wide range of fields, from education to nuclear energy. All the experts are from groups that are underrepresented in the media: women, people of minority ethnic backgrounds, people with disabilities. The database can be accessed by journalists. It is constantly updated and is frequently consulted. It also contains the names of experts on gender mechanisms (the impact of the construction of 'maleness' and 'femaleness').
- Meeting points for young people (from 2010 onwards): it funds the organisation of meeting points for young people from a Muslim background where they discuss expectations concerning relationships, and where they discuss gender.
- Examples of publications M/V United 2007 -M/V United 2008 - Work & Care (Annual Publication on Gender Issues: Edition 2008: On Work and Care). The book provides a state of affairs (data and reflection).
- Booklet 'Vaders en ouderschapsverlof' (2010)('Fathers and parental leave') http://www.gelijkekansen.be/bijlagen/VADERS%20EN%20OUDERSCHAPSVERLOF.pdf