Fast Forward to Gender Equality

Mainstreaming, Implementation and Leadership

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This report maps strategies, governance tools, institutional settings and innovative approaches used by governments across the OECD to drive and support society-wide gender equality goals. It covers all state institutions, including legislatures and judiciaries, and discusses the challenges faced by OECD countries in achieving long-lasting impact. Finally, the report provides policy guidance for state institutions, supported by examples of what works across the OECD. This report establishes a baseline for monitoring progress, based on the 2015 OECD Recommendation of the Council on Gender Equality in Public Life.

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Executive summary

Gender inequality persists, to varying degrees, in all countries. This has become increasingly untenable, as shown by the growth in vocal movements such as #metoo, Time’s Up and #BalanceTonPorc. These inequalities are present in education, employment, entrepreneurship and public life, and hinder inclusive growth and equal opportunities. While progress is being made in education and employment, women still have difficulty accessing senior jobs. Digitalisation, disruptive technologies and big data bring opportunities for change, but also risks that can compound existing inequalities and create new divides. Digital harassment and gender-based violence are on the rise. These inequalities hamper economic growth, damage confidence in government and undermine societal well-being.


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