Monitoring plays a crucial role in ensuring that gender equality remains a priority throughout the Operational programme implementation, and that the results of the programme contribute to improved equality between women and men.
Among others, monitoring allows:
- Verification that the gender equality objectives of the Operational Programmes, and the milestones to achieving them, are being met;
- Examination of the results (outputs and outcomes) of the programmes from a gender perspective. Examples being; Is the funding benefiting men and women in their diversity equally? Are men or women succeeding better in certain actions? Have gender gaps been tackled?;
- Proposals for new actions or processes to improve gender equality, or improvements to existing actions/programmes.
Checklist for monitoring gender equality in the Operational Programmes
- Ensuring that gender equality bodies and gender experts are part of and play an active role in the Monitoring Committee;
- Making the promotion of gender equality within the Operational Programme and the strategy of gender mainstreaming into regular items on the agenda of each Monitoring Committee meeting;
- Ensuring that gender equality indicators are reviewed and discussed;
- Ensuring that feedback on achievements in the areas of Gender Equality, Gender Mainstreaming and specific action implementation is included as an item in the annual report and other reports and evaluations related to the programme, and also is provided through the arrangement of monitoring visits;
- Ensuring that the necessary gender competence and support structures are available and involved in the Operational Programme’s management and implementation.