Is EU gender practice minding the GAP?

Trainee leather workers at the Apex Factory in Bangladesh, where the EU-funded Technical and Vocational Education and Training Reform project helps reduce poverty by providing training to women and other beneficiaries. Will the EU become a global champion of gender equality? Photo by: International Labor Organization / CC BY-NC-ND

It’s one of the most commonly accepted facts within the global development community: Equality between women and men, and girls and boys, is crucial to achieving sustainable development and meeting internationally agreed goals.

Upon its adoption, the Gender Action Plan 2010-2015, or GAP, was hailed as a major milestone in the European Union’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment. But five years in, ambition has yet to translate into tangible progress.

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    Manola De Vos

    Manola De Vos is a development analyst for Devex. Based in Manila, she contributes to the Development Insider and Money Matters newsletters. Prior to joining Devex, Manola worked in conflict analysis and political affairs for the United Nations, International Crisis Group and the European Union.