The ESF is devoted to promoting employment and education and training (systems). It aims to help EU citizens to get jobs, acquire new skills and move on to better employment. ESF helps Member States and regions make the EU workforce and companies better equipped to face existing and emerging challenges.
Many of the current and future employment challenges have gendered roots and implications. For ESF to be effective, a gender perspective must be taken into account when addressing its key themes and issues.
This section explores some of the ways in which a focus on gender mainstreaming can improve the implementation of ESF: