Gender Equalities and Equal Opportunities

Gender equalities and equal opportunities is a regulatory cross-cutting theme for all structural fund programmes in 2007-2013.

What does gender equality and equal opportunities Cross Cutting Theme mean?
Gender equalities and equal opportunities Cross Cutting Theme means that the 2007-2013 ESFi Programme and all its activities need to comply with the relevant EUi and UK legislation on non-discrimination and equal opportunities. The programme has a ’dual approach’ to promote gender equality and equal opportunities by funding specific activities which target women and disadvantaged groups as well as integrating equal opportunities into the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the programme as a whole.

The main legislation covering equal opportunities and other relevant statutes and guidance is as follows:

  • Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974
  • Sex Discrimination Act 1975
  • Race Relations Act 1976
  • Race Relations (Amendment) Act 2000
  • Disability Discrimination Act 1995
  • Protection from Harassment Act 1997
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • The Learning and Skills Act 2000
  • The Special Educational Needs and Disability Act 2001
  • European Directive on Equality in the Workforce 2002
  • Employment Equality Age regulations (2006)
  • Gender Equality Duty (2007)

All providers with ESF projects will be expected to follow this legislation and ensure equality of opportunity and access. In addition, the programme will aim to promote, as far as possible, a balanced participation of women and men in the management and delivery of the programme.

European Social Fund Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Plan for England and Gibraltar 2007-2013
This plan describes how gender equalities and equal opportunities will be mainstreamed in the England and Gibraltar ESF programme during 2007-2013. It describes the action that will be taken to help ensure that equal opportunities is integrated into all aspects of the programme. It will be of interest to all partners involved in the programme. The ESF Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities Sub Committee has now agreed an updated version of the national mainstreaming plan for the 2007-2013 programme.

To access further information on Gender Equalities and Equal Opportunities please visit the following link: European Social Fund Gender Equality and Equal Opportunities Mainstreaming Plan 2007 - 2013 England and Gibraltar

Good practice guidance on: disability, gender, race and age, drawing upon case studies and experience from EQUAL and Objective 3i projects is already available. For further information please see below: