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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Gender equality is both a human right and a prerequisite for achieving inclusive and prosperous societies and economies. Recently, OECD countries have made important advances in areas such as health and education; nonetheless, progress is slow. Despite gains in girls' and women's education, girls continue to be underrepresented in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics). Women are also still more likely to work part-time and for lower pay. Women continue to lag behind men in access to decision making and leadership in public life.


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