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Gender Stereotypes




International level:

United Nations

General web site of the United Nations

United Nations - Economic and Social Development

Area on the Advancement of Women of the UN Economic and Social Council

Bodies of UN specialized in ‘Gender Issues’

CSW - Commission on the Status of Women
The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) was established as a functional commission of the Economic and Social Council by a Council resolution June 1946 to prepare recommendations and reports to the Council on promoting women's rights in political, economic, civil, social and educational fields. The object of the Commission is to promote implementation of the principle that men and women shall have equal rights. 

OSAGI – Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women - Department of Economic and Social Affairs

DAW – Division for the Advancement of Women
Grounded in the vision of equality of the United Nations Charter, the Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) advocates the improvement of the status of women of the world and the achievement of their equality with men. Aiming to ensure the participation of women as equal partners with men in all aspects of human endeavour, the Division promotes women as equal participants and beneficiaries of sustainable development, peace and security, governance and human rights. As part of its mandate, it strives to stimulate the mainstreaming of gender perspectives both within and outside the United Nations system.

CEDAW – Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women
The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly and is an international “bill of rights” for women.  Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination. 

UNIFEM - United Nations Development Fund for Women
UNIFEM is the women’s fund at the United Nations. It provides financial and technical assistance to innovative programmes and strategies to foster women’s empowerment and gender equality.

INSTRAW - International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women
INSTRAW is the only United Nations entity mandated at the international level to promote and undertake research and training programmes to contribute to the advancement of women and gender equality worldwide.

IANWGE - Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality
The Inter-Agency Network on Women and Gender Equality (IANWGE) is a network of Gender Focal Points in United Nations offices, specialized agencies, funds and programmes. The Network has played a central role in promoting gender equality throughout the United Nations system and in follow-up to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995 and the twenty-third special session of the General Assembly (Beijing+5) in 2000. The Network also monitors and coordinates the mainstreaming of gender perspectives in the normative operational work of the UN system.

WomenWatch is an initiative of IANWGE and is considered as a central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system, including the United Nations Secretariat, regional commissions, funds, programmes, specialized agencies and academic and research institutions. It is a joint United Nations project created in March 1997 to provide Internet space for global Gender Equality issues and to support implementation of the 1995 Beijing Platform for Action.

Directory of United Nations Resources on Gender and Women’s Issues
Section ‘Women and the Media’

Other UN Bodies

International Labour Organization – Section ‘Gender’: Equality between men and women
The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which brought the League of Nations into being and it became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946.

European level:

European Commission
European Commission - General Directorate for Employment and Social Affairs

European Commission – Employment, Social Affairs & Equal Opportunities
Unit Equality for Women and Men

Other Bodies
The Gender Task Force - GTF
The Gender Task Force is a South East European regional initiative born out of an Appeal on July 1999 to the participants of the Stability Pact for South-Eastern Europe Summit in Sarajevo.

National Level:


Ministry of Social Cohesion and Equality

National Observatory on Equality issues

To gather information on the Equal Opportunities Policy in France


General Secretariat for Equality
The General Secretariat for Equality of the Ministry of the Interior, Public Administration and Decentralisation is responsible for promoting and implementing legal and substantial gender equality in all fields (political, economic, social and cultural).


National Level:
Ministero per le Pari Opportunità

Commissione per le Pari Opportunità tra Uomini e Donne

Progetto Pilota Rete Pari Opportunità

Ancorpari – Associazione nazionale Consigliere di parità

Ancorpari – Donne e Media

Ancorpari - OSGET – Osservatorio su Genere e Televisione

Regional Level:
Abruzzo – Commissione Regionale per le Pari Opportunità tra uomo e donna

Basilicata – Pari Opportunità

Calabria - Commissione Regionale per le Pari Opportunità tra Uomo e Donna

Campania – Consiglio Regionale (Comitato Pari Opportunità e Consulta Femminile)

Emilia Romagna – Consiglio Regionale

Emilia Romagna – Le Consigliere regionali di Parità

Emilia Romagna – Organizzazioni territoriali Pari Opportunità

Friuli-Venezia Giulia – Consiglio Regionale

Lazio – Lavoro, Pari Opportunità e Politiche giovanili

Liguria - Commissione Regionale per le Pari Opportunità tra donna ed uomo in materia di lavoro

Lombardia – Donne e politiche femminili

Marche – Pari Opportunità Regionale

Molise - Commissione per la Parità e le Pari Opportunità

Piemonte - Commissione regionale per la realizzazione delle pari opportunità fra uomo e donna

Puglia - Consiglio Regionale

Puglia - Commissione Pari Opportunità

Sardegna - Commissione per le Pari Opportunità

Sicilia – Assessorato Regionale della famiglia, delle politiche sociali e delle autonomie locali

Toscana - Commissione Regionale per le Pari Opportunità

Trentino-Alto Adige – Comitato Pari Opportunitàà/pari_opp_pag_it.htm

Umbria – Consigliera di Parità

Valle d’Aosta – Regione Autonoma Valle d’Aosta

Veneto – Sezione Pari Opportunità


The Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment – Equality,310_6060

The Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment – Gender Mainstreaming,310_6060,325_6478


The governmental Equal Opportunities Office

Government Public Relations And Media Office


National level:
Ministerio De Trabajo Y Asuntos Sociales - Instituto De La Mujer

Regional level - Comunidades Autónomas:
Andalucía - Instituto Andaluz de la Mujer 

Aragón - Instituto Aragonés de la Mujer 

Asturias - Instituto Asturiano de la Mujer
Proyecto Equal:

Balears (Illes) - Institut Balear de la Dona

Canarias - Instituto Canario de la Mujer

Cantabria - Dirección General De La Mujer

Castilla y León - Dirección General de la Mujer

Castilla/La Mancha - Dirección General De La Mujer

Cataluña - Institut Català de la Dona

Comunidad Valenciana - Dirección General de la Mujer

Extremadura - Instituto de la Mujer de Extremadura

Galicia - Servicio Galego de Igualdade

Madrid - Dirección General de la Mujer

Murcia - Secretaria Sectorial de la Mujer y de la Juventud

Navarra - Instituto Navarro de la Mujer

Rioja (La) - Dirección General de Servicios Sociales 
Servicio de Infancia, Mujer y Famiglia - Área de la Mujer

Instituto Vasco de la Mujer


Equality between women and men in Sweden

National Equal Opportunities Ombudsman and Commission

Ministry of Industry, Employment and Communications;jsessionid=at4cTi7Unwu-

United Kingdom

National Level:
EOC - Equal Opportunities Commission (National)

EOC - News and media

Local Level:
Scotland - Scottish Parliament, Opportunity Committee

Wales – Equal Opportunities Commission

Northern Ireland – NIO Northern Ireland Office

NIO - Media Center

NIO - Rights and Equality

University of Oxford
Diversity and Equal Opportunities Unit