City of Graz

City of Graz
implementing Gender Mainstreaming (hereafter GM), thus acknowledging the need to support gender equality: all sectors of administration and all political fields must become more gender-sensitive.
Social Purpose: 
The City of Graz is aware of its responsibility in implementing equal opportunities for women and men at all levels and in all socio-political areas. Thus, it comes as no surprise that the City of Graz decided in 2001 to start the process of implementing Gender Mainstreaming (hereafter GM), thus acknowledging the need to support gender equality: all sectors of administration and all political fields must become more gender-sensitive.
Social Impact: 
The City of Graz winning the Austrian Award for Innovation in Public Administration in 2008 shows that Graz serves as a best-practice model, assuring other organisations that the implementation is possible, achievable and even demonstrates what steps should be taken. In sum, a clear mandate, strategic planning and resources are needed to achieve a status of sustainability and irreversibility.
Innovative Character: 
From the beginning it was evident that the implementation of GM can only be realised when: there is a clear political declaration towards the implementation of GM; resources are provided; gender expertise is built up; a gender-sensitive based point of view is achieved in all sectors of administration and policy; and the implementation follows a structured procedure and strategic considerations. One of the key differences between active promotion of women at all levels and GM is that the former is a bottom-up-strategy with its historic roots in feminism, whereas the latter is a top-down-strategy based on European primary law regulations. The head of public administration, Mag. Martin Haidvogl is also a nominated Gender Mainstreaming Coordinator of the City.
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