Gender mainstreaming in the European Union: towards a new conception and practice of equal opportunities?

BOOTH, C. and BENNETT, C. (2002). Gender mainstreaming in the European Union: towards a new conception and practice of equal opportunities? European journal of women's studies, 9 (4), 430-446.

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Abstract

This article aims to make a contribution to the conceptualization of mainstreaming gender equality promoted by the European Union. It starts by exploring the historical periodization of equal opportunities delivery strategies and challenging the compartmentalization of these developments. It suggests that equality policies can better be conceptualized in terms of a 'three-legged equality stool', which recognizes the interconnectiveness of three perspectives - the equal treatment perspective, the women's perspective and the gender perspective. The article argues that the gender perspective has been closely associated with strategies for mainstreaming gender equality, but that this association is misleading. As a result mainstreaming has remained a 'fuzzy' concept, which in turn has led to many different styles and forms of practical implementation in European member states.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Individual and Organisational Development
Depositing User: Ann Betterton
Date Deposited: 29 May 2008
Last Modified: 09 Dec 2009 18:23
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/720

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