Gender equality bodies are national independent bodies for the promotion of equal treatment of women and men, and are responsible for providing independent assistance to victims of alleged sex- and gender-based discrimination, conducting independent surveys concerning discrimination, publishing independent reports and making recommendations on any issue relating to such discrimination. Their mandate may also include other functions, such as awareness raising, training and capacity-building activities.

The term ‘gender equality bodies’ is sometimes used as a generic term for overarching institutional gender equality mechanisms that may include such gender equality bodies as part of their structure.

See also: institutional mechanisms for gender equality


Based on Council Directive 2004/113/EC implementing the principle of equal treatment between men and women in the access to and supply of goods and services and information. Available at:…