Capacity building: Setting objectives
ESF actors planning and designing policy programmes from a gender perspective must have gender competencies or work with an ESF/Gender expert or an ESF/Gender support structure in order to make sure that the gender dimension is coherently integrated into the new policy programme, which is a prerequisite for its integration into the following steps, elements, and documents of the cycle.
For setting gender equality objectives in policy areas (like, for instance, in the flagships) relevant gender competencies are:
- Profound knowledge of gender gaps in different areas of intervention of cohesion policy and the gender equality objectives of the Pact, the Strategy, and the Charter;
- Familiarity with the operationalization of the overarching gender equality objective of economic independence of women and men and the underlying egalitarian gender equality model;
- Shaping gender gaps identified in the analysis of past cohesion policy by defining clear and realistic gender equality objectives and relevant indicators (explicit and integrated gender equality objectives and indicators);
- Ability to integrate gender equality objectives into the thematic objectives;
- Familiarity with research on gender gaps within the areas of intervention and respective gender equality objectives and indicators.
European Parliament’s study “Data for the evaluation of the European semester process from a gender equality perspective“ [pdf] setting out 83 indicators for the inclusion of the gender perspective in the evaluation of the Europe 2020 Strategy during the European Semester process.