Gender Equality Plan


Institutional governance: Gender balance in decision-making bodies


To achieve gender balance in institutional governance by eliminating any barriers that prevent women from reaching leadership positions and enabling them to participate in all decision-making spheres.

Engendering institutional governance: Improvement of gender balance in decision-making bodies

Measure 2.1

An effective cultural and organizational change towards gender equality requires well thought policies and the structural integration of gender equality in the organization, including the composition of decision-making bodies. This refers not only to gender balanced membership, but also to the integration of genderaware members in such bodies.

This measure seeks the double objective of ensuring an equal representation of women and men in boards and committees and promoting awareness by members of governance boards about the importance of gender equality in institutional governance and the need to gradually transform the organization to allow overcoming structural inequalities.

Main actions:

ICM’s gender equality mechanism and instrument: institutionalizing ETF and GEP

Measure 2.2

Any positive structural change in an institution should turn irreversible. Thus, it is a priority to guarantee sustainable conditions that will permanently establish gender equality as a value, leading to a systemic institutional change. Furthermore, it is important to promote, as a regular practice, the deployment of gender equality actions and to address gender biases in the ICM.

To promote the institutionalization and resilience of gender equality, this measure proposes an intervention with a double and joint approach: Promote the Equality Task Force (ETF) as a reference mechanism concerning gender issues.

The GEP should be promoted as the institutional tool that incorporates transformative actions into the organization, aligned with the full commitment and compliance of gender equality principles.

Main actions:

Gender Monitoring

Measure 2.3

Collection of relevant gender information concerning the organization constitutes the starting point of any GEP aimed at promoting processes of structural change aligned with compliance of the principle of equality. Data is crucial to make any kind of gender inequality visible and thus increase collective awareness. Data is also key for taking proper decisions about necessary measures to promote institutional change. Therefore, it is essential to improve the collection and provision of gender data.

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