Gender equalities and equal opportunities is a regulatory cross-cutting theme for all structural fund programmes in 2007-2013.
The ESF programme in England has a dual approach to mainstreaming gender equality and equal opportunities.
At national level, gender equality and equal opportunities has been fully integrated across the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation stages of the programme. An equal opportunities sub-committee is in place to advise the national ESF programme monitoring committee on equality issues.
The following good practice guides draw upon case studies and experience from EQUAL and Objective 3 projects:
The 2007- 2013 ESF programme in England also promotes good practice through the national ESF Mainstreaming Awards for providers and partners who 'go the extra mile' in promoting gender equality and equal opportunities.
This report aims to help projects and organisations to understand how to recording soft outcomes and distance travelled. It offers a definition of these terms and presents different methods for recording and measuring them. Primarily its aim is to be a resource for ESF projects where the target groups are some distance from labour market participation.
The first annual mainstreaming progress report for the gender equality and equal opportunities cross-cutting theme for the ESF programme is now available.
The report has been agreed by the national ESF gender equality and equal opportunities sub committee and was presented to the national ESF programme committee in November 2009. It explains the good progress that has been made in delivering the programme’s commitments to set up appropriate structures and systems for mainstreaming as well as highlighting over 150 examples and case studies of how ESF is responding to the wide variety of equality strand groups.
The report includes details on the early progress that is being made towards achieving the programme's equality targets.