The short publication Why Gender-Responsive Standards are Better for Everyone offers an explanation and rationale of gender-responsive standards for the new comer. It provides a general overview of the intrinsic nature of standards and how these might affect women and men differently.
The publication underlines that gender-responsive standards improve the desired outcome. Standards seek by nature to have a consistent outcome for everyone whenever they are used; by ensuring that the needs of women and men are both addressed in their design, it will ensure a beneficial and consistent outcome for everyone.
The specific interests of government bodies and technical committees in making sure that standards are gender responsive are presented. The linkages between gender responsive standards and key trending themes such as digitalization, environment and circular economy are also presented.