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Mainstreaming gender equality and promoting work-life balance

Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway support programmes on gender equality in six beneficiary countries. Each programme, while sharing the same overall objective, is tailor-made to align with national needs and wider EU and donor country priorities.

Gender equality is a fundamental right and a key factor for social and economic development. Both the donor countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and the EU recognise the importance of gender equality in securing growth and sustainable development.

In the long term, the programmes aim to see reduced income disparities between men and women, more women in decision-making bodies and a better balance between family and professional life. The Grants have also established programmes on tackling gender-based violence.

What is the objective of the programme?

  • Gender equality and work-life balance promoted

What are the expected results?

  • Gender issues across policies and practices mainstreamed
  • Awareness raised and research on gender issues promoted to tackle gender stereotypes
  • Successful national policies and best practice on gender equality exchanged
  • Balance between work, private and family life improved
  • Gender balance on company boards improved
  • Gender pay gap reduced
  • Gender equality ombudspersons / authorities established
  • Capacity of gender equality organisations and networks strengthened

Priorities, funded activities and eligibility criteria vary by programme. Read more detailed information in the individual programme summary for each country: Czech Republic, Estonia, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and Spain.

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