GMGA: Gender Mainstreaming in Government Agencies
The Swedish government has commissioned the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research to support the efforts of a large number of government agencies selected to integrate a gender perspective in all of their operations.
As part of the programme Gender Mainstreaming in Government Agencies (GMGA), 59 government agencies and one organisation have been instructed by the government to integrate a gender perspective in all of their operations. The aim of the efforts is for the actors to become even better at contributing to the nationally declared objective of equal opportunities for women and men to shape society and their own lives.
The government has commissioned the Swedish Secretariat for Gender Research to support the agencies until the end of 2017. Thereafter, the commission will be placed on the new national authority for gender equality. The support consists of assisting the institutions in their planning and implementation work, disseminating knowledge and best practice, providing training opportunities, arranging forums for sharing of experiences and compiling results of the agencies’ work. The web portal Jämställ.nu (English version: Includegender.org) serves as a platform for dissemination of results and experiences.
The GMGA programme is part of the government’s platform for gender mainstreaming, which in addition to government agencies also includes initiatives at the regional and municipal level as well as gender mainstreaming in the central government offices. The programme was initiated in 2013–2014 with a pilot project involving 18 voluntary agencies. In 2015, the programme was expanded with 23 new government agencies and in 2016 another 18 agencies and one organisation with certain official responsibilities were added. The programme is scheduled to end in 2018.