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Move to include the integration of gender mainstreaming into standards

10/12/2021

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Spanish Association for Standardization, UNE, have organised a webinar to discuss the importance of integrating gender mainstreaming into standards, this way effectively addressing a current major challenge for society and organisations.

Within the framework of the webinar titled Gender Responsive Standards, Javier García, UNE's Managing Director, in his role as ISO Gender Champion for Europe and Central Asia, has presented the ISO Gender Action Plan (GAP) 2019-2021, its results, as well as some lines of action for the future GAP 2022-2025.  

Among the speakers, Karin Lindmark, Coordinator of the ISO/IEC Joint Group on Gender Responsive Standards, highlighted the importance of creating tools to help develop gender responsive standards. Pascale Mienville discussed the ISO Standard initiative promoted by AFNOR (France) on guidelines for the promotion and implementation of gender equality.

Tereza Babayan, representing EASC, spoke about the organisation's commitment and specifically that of SARM (Armenia) on equality issues. Gianluca Salerio, from the Italian standardisation body, gave details of UNI policies in gender issues. Finally, Stephanie Eynon, Chair of the Gender Responsive Standards initiative of UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) pointed out that more than 80 standardisation organisations around the world, including UNE in Spain, have signed the Declaration for Gender Responsive Standards and Standards Development.

The ISO representative, Rachel Miller, stated that the Gender Focal Point Network is an open platform for exchanging experiences from all standardisation bodies.

Todos los ponentes, moderados por Mónica Sanzo, Directora de Cooperación y relaciones internacionales de UNE, han coincidido en la necesidad de aunar sinergias, recabar datos de partida fiables que sirvan de base para el diseño de acciones y seguir pasando el mensaje entre la comunidad normalizadora. Results of these initiatives are expected soon, including the availability of methodologies, checklists, and recommendations to help technical committees develop gender responsive standards with the help of training programmes. 

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