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March 2, 2015

SEiSMiC Gender Action Plan and Toolkit

SEiSMiC Gender Action Plan and Toolkit

To promote a gender-balanced approach in the field of social innovation, SEiSMiC published the SEiSMiC Gender Action Plan and Toolkit. The 62-page document describes the current state of the gender-equality movement in Europe, gives examples of how social innovation furthers gender equality and recommends best practice in the field.

The toolkit was researched and written by the European Centre for Women and Technology (ECWT), a partner in the SEiSMiC consortium. It argues that gender equality is as important now as ever, and should be a priority for social innovation in cities. Its opening section gives recent facts and figures on how gender issues permeate urban life, from local politics and civic participation, to employment and care, digital start-up ecosystems, health, urban safety and local transport. 

Women and men have different needs and patterns of behavior, and these need to be addressed in policies on social innovation, the document argues. Moreover, women often drive social innovation initiatives in their communities. A section of the report presents good practices in this vein and another part proposes ways to assess social innovation policies and initiatives from a gender perspective.