The persistence of gender inequality and continued discrimination of women has led to the adoption of the National Strategy for Gender Equality in 2016, which recognises gender mainstreaming as a tool for fighting discrimination through the (re)organisation, improvement, development and evaluation of policy processes. An essential element of the new Strategy is gender impact assessment or in other words gender analysis of policies, measures and programmes. In parallel, policymaking reform is a part of the EU accession process and public administration reform whose central part is adoption of the new law on policymaking – the Law on Planning System – and a set of by-laws that will regulate in detail the policy system management. However, the present draft Law does not contain any provisions on gender assessment of policies.
This Policy Brief discusses the importance of ensuring that the new Law on the Planning System contains a provision that will explicitly stipulate the obligation for state institutions to conduct gender impact assessment and offers very concrete policy recommendations for policy makers.