Body within government whose purpose is to design, coordinate and implement government policies for gender equality, and which is normally located in the government hierarchy (i.e. in a ministry or in the Prime Minister’s Office). 

Additional notes and information

Such bodies can also exist at the regional and local level.


(1) European Institute for Gender Equality – EIGE (2014). Effectiveness of Institutional Mechanisms for the Advancement of Gender Equality: Review of the Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action in the EU Member States. Available at:…;

(2) Independent expert.