Talks and Poster Presentations (with Proceedings-Entry):

P. Hirschler:
"Gender issues in regional development: a "new" approach or just changing the perspective";
Talk: International Conference "New concepts and approaches for Urban and Regional Policy and Planning?", Leuven; 04-02-2007 - 04-03-2007; in: "New concepts and approaches for urban and regional policy and planning?", (2007), Paper ID 92, 9 pages.

English abstract:
In 1999 the European Union declared with the treaty of Amsterdam gender mainstreaming as a main goal of their politics. Furthermore this cross-sectional matter was implemented in the structural funds for regional development (ERDF) - a major field for financing projects in all fields of regional development. Endogenous regional development includes also the gender perspective by definition. But history showed that taking into account the gender perspectives in regional development practice is far off mainstream. Women´s contribution to regional development is significant, but they are a minority in decision-making and planning so their influence is limited.
Basically gender issues in regional development are manifold and should be taken into account in all actions. Of course some fields of interventions are easy to spot and very well analyzed like the labour market, education or settlements. But also in the case of environment, water and waste management inequalities can occur. The question is how to implement the cross-sectional matter of gender mainstreaming in regional development projects and decision making as gender mainstreaming is a strategy and there is no universal recipe for implementation. The principle of "mainstreaming", which consists of taking systematic account of the differences between the conditions, situations and needs of women and men, needs to be applied in all policies and actions.
Achieving equality for women and men in regional development will take some effort. The society should continue to initiate activities to empower women to become active in the socio-economic development (e. g. by participation, projects, expertise and assistance). Some projects in Austria showed how gender mainstreaming works in practice for example a project manager for gender mainstreaming in the Lungau or the project "GEKO - gender sensible cooperation" in the EUREGIO Weinviertel-South Moravia-West Slovakia. A sustained effort by all actors in all fields to integrate equal opportunities into regional development will bring major benefits not only to lives of individual women, men and children, but also to the viability and sustainability of local economies and communities throughout Europe.
Concluding the integration of gender issues in regional development is no new approach in planning, but nevertheless it changed the perspective of regional development policies in Austria. To ensure a "more" endogenous regional development planners as well as decision-makers need to observe the different needs and expectations of people and to secure equality in all their concepts and policies.

regional development, gender mainstreaming

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