The monitoring of the transversal objective of gender equality within the ESF implies:
- The ability to translate gender equality objectives into monitoring systems and tools such as the data collection system and database,
- A thorough understanding of gender equality and gender mainstreaming issues, and of how this understanding should be applied in assessing OP including the ability to provide concrete recommendations in cases of inadequate gender equality or dual approach;
- Commission staff having, understanding, and using gender disaggregated individual data for all relevant areas of intervention;
- The ability to formulate and negotiate conditions for the collection and evaluation of the data and corresponding governance after evaluation;
- The ability to identify additional gender equality issues like assessing unpaid labour (especially needed in times of crisis when budget cuts lead to an increase in unpaid work of women).
To ensure that gender equality is fully integrated into the process of monitoring the OP gender competence (supplied either by in-house staff or with the assistance of external gender equality experts) is needed in how to specify the assessment of the transversal objective of gender equality as an explicit part of the contractual task of the monitoring and planning for the requisite resources being in place. The more thoroughly the transversal objective of gender equality has been established in a programme beforehand, in particular by setting clear gender equality objectives and indicators, the more effective and precise the monitoring can be on this issue.
Benno Savioli’s presentation Monitoring requirements for gender budgeting within the ESF [pdf] from the conference “Gender Budgeting in the ESF – Opportunities, Examples and Limits” in September 2012