Gender – Work Package 1

OCM monitor (thema gender): indicatoren en statistieken ter opvolging van de genderdoelstellingen opgemaakt aan de hand van de open coördinatiemethode.
Supervisors: prof. dr. Patrizia Zanoni & prof. dr. Petra Meier
Researchers: Marjan De Coster & Nico Steegmans
Start: 2014

The Open Method of Coordination (OMC) was introduced in Europe at the Extraordinary European Council in Luxembourg in 1997, which also saw the launch of the European Employment Strategy (EES). This governance method encourages European Union member states to establish common goals and develop a common policy bottom-up through better coordination of their policy initiatives.

In 2005 the OMC was adopted by the Flemish government as a method to develop an equal opportunities policy across its domains of competence. Within this context, the OMC aims to establish common strategic objectives concerning equal opportunities in Flanders. Policy makers formulate operational goals that specify how overall strategic objectives will be achieved within their own policy domain. In 2008, the OMC became legally embedded in the Flemish framework decree on equal opportunities and equal treatment policy [Decreet houdende een kader voor het Vlaamse gelijkekansen- en gelijkbehandelingsbeleid], which stipulates that an OMC cycle runs for five years, just like the Flemish legislature.

The first development cycle of strategic and operational objectives in terms of gender will be completed in late 2014. In the context of this first cycle, the Research Centre on Equality Policies developed a set of indicators and conducted a baseline measurement in 2010-2011. After completion of the first OMC cycle in 2014, this project will conduct a new measurement of the indicators to assess their evolution since the baseline measurement. In 2015, the RCEP will provide advice on the strategic and operational objectives in terms of gender for the next OMC cycle (2015-2019) and will develop the corresponding indicators.

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