What is the Gender Equality and Reconciliation Program?
On 19 November 2011 the Understanding Memorandum came into effect, signed by the European Union Area States (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and the Kingdom of Spain which is regulated by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism (EEAFM) 2009-2014. In particular, 10,191,250 Euros were assigned to the Spanish State in funds to manage the Gender Equality and Reconciliation of Family and Work Life Program.
The purpose of this program is to develop projects that promote equality between women and men in the labor market, female entrepreneurship, balance on company boards of directors and reconciliation of family and work life, market integration of women from vulnerable groups and the fight against gender based violence.
The Program Operator (PO) is the Social Services and Equality Secretary of State (SSESS), through the General Management for the Equality of Opportunities (GMEO).
The National Focal Point is the General Subdirectorate of Cohesion Funds and European Territorial Cooperation of the Ministry of Finance and Public Administrations. It is responsible of reaching the Financial Mechanisms objectives and implementing the Understanding Memorandum.
Donor partner: Ombudsman for the Equality and against the discrimination of Norway (LDO) The Program was approved by the Financial Mechanism Office as well as by the donor countries, on 13 May 2013.
Program Life: 2013-2015
Amount: 11,989,706 € of which the Financial Mechanism provides 10,191,250 € and the Secretary of State of Social Services and Equality contributes 1,798,456
The Gender Equality and Reconciliation Program long-term purpose is the contribution to the reduction of economic and social inequality in the European Economic Area by means of promoting the following objectives:
Promotion of employment and social policies that reconcile family and work life, as well as establishing understanding to share responsibilities between women and men in household chores and dependents care (co-responsibility).
Support for the improvement of laws, policies, programs and preventive measures against gender-based violence.
The purpose of the Program is to ensure that regularly participating actors in the design of policies, systematically and consistently consider the promotion of women and men equality in their jobs. This includes the educational and labor sectors.
Furthermore the Program has the objective of reinforcing bilateral relations between Spain and Norway, promoting the execution of projects in association between both countries, which will result in the added value for both countries and the possibility of future cooperation.
The Project Tools for tackling the gender pay gap is a project promoted by the General Union of Workers of Spain and is co-financed by the European Economic Area Financial Mechanism for Spain, through the Gender Equality and Reconciliation of family and work life, for 2009-2014.