Obligation and responsibility on the part of state structures and public officials to implement gender mainstreaming and achieve gender equality policy objectives, to report on progress achieved, and to be answerable in the event of a failure to meet stated gender equality objectives.

See also: gender-sensitive

Additional notes and information

Gender-sensitive accountability requires that the decisions of public actors can be regularly assessed from the perspective of women’s and men’s needs and interests and that gender equality is one of the standards against which the performance of decision-makers is assessed.


(1) Unifem (2008/09). Who Answers to Women? Gender & Accountability. Progress of the World’s Women; (2) United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Online Glossary on Governance and Public Administration. Available at: