The purpose of this STANDARD, produced by The European Community of Practice on Gender Mainstreaming (GenderCoP), is to provide clear requirements and good practices on how to achieve gender equality in all cycles of the European Social Fund (ESF). 

It can be used both as a guide to implement the dual gender equality approach within the ESF and as a tool to assess and monitor existing practices – from policy to project level in all steps such as planning, programming, implementing to monitoring and evaluation.

All examples and good practices have been selected by the GenderCoP members and derive from ESF experiences with gender equality across the EU.

The STANDARD is currently under piloting in four member states which means that it is considered in every part of the ESF. The piloting member states are Beligum (Flanders), Czech Republic, Finland and Sweden.