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Gender-Responsive Standards

Introduction

Gender-Responsive Standards

Standards Development is generally dominated by men and standards have typically been produced to be “gender neutral” or “unisex.” The lack of balanced participation and the lack of gender-responsive standards has resulted in unnecessary health and safety risks for women and girls and led to standards having unequal impacts and/or unintended consequences such as negative financial impacts or lower quality of life. Historically, standard-setting bodies have operated without a policy for mainstreaming gender in their activities and in the management of their organizations.

The WP.6 “Gender-Responsive Standards” aims at providing a practical way forward for standards bodies wishing to take a step towards gender equality through the standards they develop and their standards development process. WP.6 also seeks to provide a forum for interested parties to come together to collaboratively develop expertise and guidance which can be shared.

In Focus

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The Team of Specialists on Gender-Responsive Standards had its first meeting on 14 December 2022. The report is available on the event web page. Ms. Michelle Parkouda (Canada) was appointed chair, Ms. Stephanie Eynon (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) was appointed vice-chair and Ms. Lucy He (New Zealand) was appointed vice-chair.

Key deliverables

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ECE/CTCS/WP.6/2018/6/Rev.1
Recommendation U on Gender-Responsive Standards

2018

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Declaration on Gender-Responsive Standards and Standards Development and signatory database

2019

 

 

 

Case study repository of standards-related gender action plans

2022

 

 

 

Guidelines on Developing Gender-Responsive Standards

2022

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Other resources

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“A United Nations Program for Gender Equality in Standardization”, Standardization News, page 21

03-04/2018

ASTM

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“Encouraging Action – on Standards”, International Gender Champions 2017 Annual Report, 2017, page 13

2017

International Gender Champions

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Jachia, Lorenza

Standards & Gender Equality (PowerPoint)

2019

UNECE

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Barraja, Magali

A Gender Lens to Sustainability Codes and Auditing Methodologies (PowerPoint)

11/2018

BSR

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Mohan, Sara

The Gender Impact of Standards (PowerPoint)

11/2018

International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

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Braun, Patrice

APEC Gender Inclusion Guidelines (GIG) (Powerpoint)

26/03/2018

Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation

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Hutchinson, Kimberley

Gender-Based Analysis Plus (PowerPoint)

23/10/2017

Status of Women Canada

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He, Lucy

Gender Bias in Standardisation (PowerPoint)

09/2017

EnergySafety New Zealand

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Promoting Entrepreneurship Among Young People and Women (Project Document)

2017

Réseau Normalisation et Francophonie (RNF)

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Eynon, Stephanie

Standards-Makers Diversity & Inclusion

21/11/2019

British Standards Institute (BSI)

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History

In 2016, WP.6 launched the Gender-Responsive Standards Initiative (GRSI). This is an important contribution to SDG 5, “Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”. This has resulted in the publication in 2018 of the Recommendation U on Gender-Responsive Standards and the Declaration for Gender-Responsive Standards and Standards Development which has to date over eighty signatories.

Impact

Text forthcoming

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Policies and procedures

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ECE/CTCS/2021/2/ADD.1
Terms of reference of the Team of Specialists on Gender-Responsive Standards

2021

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