E.47 - Institutional mechanisms for women's autonomy and gender equality

E.47 - Institutional mechanisms for women's autonomy and gender equality
Fulfil the commitment to strengthen institutional machineries in order to build development policies with equality that will guarantee the autonomy of women and gender equality, and give these machineries the autonomy and the necessary human and financial resources to enable them to have a cross-cutting impact on the structure of the State, recognizing the strategic role that they play and establishing them at the highest level.
Priority measure number


Priority measure 47 is closely related to priority measure 49, as stronger institutions are essential for promoting and implementing gender-sensitive budgets

Possible lines of action

1. Promote and implement legislative measures that will strengthen the institutions advocating policies for gender equality, such as mechanisms for the advancement of women at the highest hierarchical level, and guarantee for them nontransferable and irreducible budgets as well as human resources and autonomy. 2. Publicize the regional agreements on gender equality to contribute to their effective implementation. 3. Through training, interchange and dissemination, strengthen the substantive participation of the various gender-related bodies and mechanisms in the regional conferences of the subsidiary bodies of ECLAC. 4. Through training, interchange and dissemination, strengthen national and regional mechanisms for monitoring the advancement of women, including gender observatories. 5. Encourage municipal and local governments to create gender affairs offices or units for the advancement of women, and provide them with specialized human, technical and financial resources.

Related instruments, forums and mechanisms

Santo Domingo Consensus. In general, chapter F (“Gender equality and mechanisms for women’s empowerment”), and more specifically agreement 111 (“Strengthen institutions advocating public policies on gender equality, such as gender machineries and offices for women’s empowerment, by means of legislation and guaranteed, non-transferrable and irreducible budgets and by setting up decision-making bodies at the highest level, and build up their capacity to provide policy guidance on gender equality and women’s empowerment by endowing them with the necessary human and financial resources for a cross-cutting impact on public policies and the structure of the State with a view to devising and implementing de jure and de facto strategies for promoting women’s autonomy and gender equality”), agreement 112 (“Ensure gender mainstreaming and a focus on rights in all plans, programmes, projects and public policies, as well as the necessary coordination between State powers and social stakeholders to achieve gender equality, thus enshrining this concept as a pillar of sustainable development”) and agreement 118 (“Promote the establishment, at the municipal and local level, of entities such as gender affairs bureaux or offices for the advancement of women, endowing them with sufficient human and financial resources and the specialist expertise to empower women, provide comprehensive care and prevent violence at the local level”).

E. Gender equality