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Strengthening women's role in development work
In 2016, the European Commission launched its second Gender Action Plan (GAP), with the aim of making all EU development assistance gender-sensitive. To accomplish this, the GAP brought in Gender Focal Persons (GFPs) whose role is to oversee that all development programmes, projects and action documents deliver more effectively on the commitments towards gender equality and women’s and girls’ empowerment.
Thanks in part to awareness campaigns like She is We, gender equality has become a key issue for the development community. This is particularly evident among the national development agencies, as many of them have adopted new rules and behaviours to mainstream gender in their everyday work.
From gender-based violence to social exclusion, there is still a long way to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality and the empowering of women and girls.