Public policies with a gender perspective

Public policies with a gender perspective
Fulfil the commitment to promote and ensure gender mainstreaming and its intersection with perspectives on race, ethnicity, age, social class and disability status in all public policies, especially in economic and cultural policies, and coordination between branches of government and social stakeholders, including organizations of young, Afro-descendent or indigenous women, to ensure gender equality.
Priority measure number


This priority measure is fairly broad: it involves incorporating the gender perspective into all public policies in order to guarantee gender equality, on the one hand, while on the other it calls for coordination among the branches of government and among stakeholders (government and civil society). In the latter case in particular, social disadvantages are considered to be relational, and it is therefore necessary to relate gender with social class, race, age, region, ethnic origin, physical capacity, sexuality, and all those relations in which differences among women or among groups are manifested. Specifically, some elements appear again in priority measure 47 (on strengthening institutional mechanisms for constructing policies that will guarantee women’s autonomy and gender equality), priority measure 49 (on promoting gender-sensitive budgets to achieve equal access to public sector spending), and priority measure 62 (on statistics systems and the need for information disaggregated by sex and other demographic and socioeconomic characteristics) in this chapter.

The inclusion of the gender perspective and its intersection with ethnic and racial groups is addressed in chapter H on indigenous peoples and in chapter I on Afro-descendent persons.

Related instruments, forums and mechanisms

Santo Domingo Consensus. This measure is closely associated with 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 34 (“Strengthen the mainstreaming of gender across all areas of public policy in connection with information and communications technologies, ensuring full access to these technologies and their use by women, girls, adolescent girls, young women, older women, indigenous and Afro-descendent women, rural women, LGBTTI persons and women with disabilities on an equal and equitable basis for the social appropriation of knowledge, bearing in mind the associated regulations, costs and coverage issues and with respect for cultural and linguistic diversity”).

            Sustainable Development Goals, target 5.c (“Adopt and strengthen sound policies and enforceable legislation for the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at all levels”).

Gender equality