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Programme of action for the mainstreaming of gender equality in Community development co-operation. Communication from the Commission to the Council and the European Parliament. COM (2001) 295 final, 21 June 2001

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Microsoft Word - DGdev-PE-COM_2001_295-10-01-GENRE_EN_ACTE.doc COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES Brussels, 21.6.2001 COM(2001) 295 final COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT Programme of Action for the mainstreaming of gender equality in Community Development Co-operation 2 COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE COUNCIL AND THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT Programme of Action for the mainstreaming of gender equality in Community Development Co-operation EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Gender equality is crucial for development in general and the link between gender and poverty has made the relevance of gender mainstreaming in development co-operation more critical than ever before. Gender mainstreaming is a long-term incremental approach of integration of gender issues in policy and planning. There are three main reasons for mainstreaming gender issues in Community development co-operation: – A disproportionate majority of the world's poor are women who, in some instances, lack not only access to important economic and social resources, but also have their human rights as individuals denied to them; – Investments in improving the situation of women (providing education, improving health and securing their land and labour rights) translate into higher levels of productivity, and lower levels of infant and female mortality, food insecurity and poverty; – The European Union has a long-standing engagement to promoting gender equality and has played an active role in international conferences advocating womens' rights, notably at the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, 1995. It is now time to prioritise positive actions and mainstream gender concerns into every level of development co-operation. The European Community has a number of policies, guidelines and declarations that explicitly call for the mainstreaming of gender in development co-operation. These are further reinforced in the framework of the Community's recent Development Policy (April

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