Gender Mainstreaming is a term that many policymakers use, but it is hard to understand what it is. From my time working as a gender expert for a UN Agency, I had to know this methodology inside and out and I believe that I became so immersed, it became difficult for me to talk about, especially in layman terms. So, this is a good exercise for me and hopefully provides clarity.

For starters, gender equality is a human rights issue that affects everyone. If it is not intersectional, it is not gender equality. If we do not take into the diverse perspectives that exist in a community or in a targeted group of people, we are going to encounter many problems. These problems plague our past and our , but gender mainstreaming is a methodology that can help anticipate those issues before they arise.

What is Gender Mainstreaming: High Level

Here is how the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) defined the concept:

“Mainstreaming a gender perspective is the process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in any area and at all levels. It is a strategy for making the concerns and experiences of women as well as of men an integral part of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres, so that women and men benefit equally, and inequality is not perpetuated. The ultimate goal of mainstreaming is to achieve gender equality.”


Dani Bicknell

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