• How to include gender aspects in tendering procedures

    This section looks at the different stages of the procurement cycle. You will find practical guidance on how to include gender considerations at each step of the procurement cycle. Guidance is coupled with national examples on the use of GRPP and practical tools. Examples can be neither representative nor exhaustive, but they do provide important insights into the effective and successful use of GRPP.

  • Gender-responsive public procurement in practice: importance of legal, regulatory and policy frameworks

    This section outlines the importance of the legal, regulatory and policy frameworks that inform the use of GRPP [1]. The EU public procurement legal framework provides for the possibility of implementing GRPP, although gender equality is not mentioned as a specific objective. The same situation can be found in most Member States, although there are variations in the transposition of Directive 2014/24/EU.

  • Additional resources

    Legislation Directive 2014/23/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on the award of concession contracts, OJ L 94, 28.3.2014, p. 1 (the concessions directive). Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on public procurement and repealing Directive 2004/18/EC, OJ L 94, 28.3.2014, p. 65 (the public sector directive).

  • References

    Betron, M., Bourgeault, I., Manzoor, M., Paulino, E., Steege, R., Thompson, K. and Wuliji, T. on behalf of the Global Health Workforce Network’s Gender Equity Hub (2019), ‘Time for gender-transformative change in the health workforce, The Lancet, Vol. 393, No 10171, e25–e26. Borkenhagen, J., Burckhardt, G., Burmeister, M., Drillisch, H., Falk, G., Freitag, S., Köhler, G., Leifker, M., Luig, B., Mürlebach, M., Neuenroth, C., Pflüger, F., Randzio-Plath, C.

  • Post-procurement stage

    Figure 4. GRPP at the post-procurement stage Contract performance conditions At the post-tender stage, public bodies must apply the contract performance conditions that they have set out in the tender documents and agreed with the successful bidder. Under Article 70, these may include (inter alia) social or employment-related considerations. Recital 98 of Directive 2014/24/EU states that: Contract performance conditions might … be intended to favour the implementation of measures for the promotion of equality of women and men at work, the increased participation of women in the labour market and the reconciliation of work and private life … Contract performance conditions can be a key entry point for GRPP.

  • Procurement stage

    Figure 3. GRPP at the procurement stage Contracting authorities may choose to include in their tenders one criterion or more that address(es) GRPP. The type of criteria that can be applied at each stage and the evidence that can be requested are regulated by the EU procurement directives (or, in the case of EU institutions, by the financial regulation). All criteria must be linked to the subject matter of the contract, meaning that they must be specific to the goods, services or works that the public body is purchasing.

  • Pre-procurement stage

    Figure 2. GRPP at the pre-procurement stage Prior to launching a tender, contracting authorities undertake various preparatory activities. This is an important stage in the implementation of GRPP, as it determines the way in which the authority will interact with the market to purchase supplies, services or works according to its needs. During this stage, you need to reflect on:

  • What is gender-responsive public procurement?

    Gender-responsive public procurement (GRPP) is a gender mainstreaming tool to promote gender equality through public procurement[1]. GRPP is procurement that promotes gender equality through the purchase of works, supplies or services by public sector bodies. This means that buyers and suppliers look at the impact of all of the contracted activities related to women’s and men’s interests and concerns and design and deliver contracts in a way that reduces gender inequalities.

  • Gender equality and the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic

    EIGE's Director Carlien Scheele delivered this speech at an event on gender equality and the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic hosted by the General Secretariat of the Council on 8 March 2022. Good afternoon everybody, It is good to be here today to mark International Women’s Day with you, and to share with you our latest data on the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on gender equality.

  • Gender-responsive Public Procurement: Step-by-step toolkit

    This practical step-by-step toolkit for implementing gender-responsive public procurement (GRPP) in the EU is designed for contracting authorities at national, regional and local level, including EU institutions, bodies and agencies. It supports public sector buyers in advancing gender equality through the use of GRPP. It is also designed to be useful to policymakers and practi­tioners working towards gender equality and gender mainstreaming, at both the EU and the national levels.

  • The economy of the future: How can the EU ensure gender equality?

    EIGE's Director Carlien Scheele delivered this speech at Ministers' Round Table on Equality forum, which was a part of the conference Women's economic empowerment: key to gender equality hosted by the French European Union Council Presidency on 31 January 2022. Good morning dear ministers and dear colleagues, As you know, the European Parliament just elected its third female president. To mark this occasion, I would like to start my address to you today with some words from the first ever woman to lead the European Parliament, who said:

  • The costs of gender-based violence in the European Union: Technical report

    EIGE's 2021 study on the costs of gender-based violence in the European Union focused on intimate partner violence as a subset of gender-based violence and provided an updated estimate of the costs of gender-based and intimate partner violence in the EU. EIGE calculated the cost of gender-based violence in the EU and in each Member State based on extrapolated data from the United Kingdom.