The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development ( OECD ).

It has a great impact on gender equality policy because its main mission is to improve the economic and social conditions of people worldwide.

The 3rd of a series of 4 articles, Lena Kloster, Chwarae Teg’s Leonardo da Vinci programme intern with the Policy Team, explores how international communities address Gender Equality.

In total, 34 Member countries make up the OECD including advanced economies and countries in development.

Created in 1948 as one of the consequences of the US-financed Marshal Plan after World War II the organisation wanted to “introduce a new era of cooperation” in terms of identifying, discussing and solving the economic and social problems around the world.

Besides the topics of Governance, Environment, Science and Technology, Social and Welfare Issues it stresses work on:

  • Social policies and Data.
  • Families and Children.
  • Gender equality and Development.
  • Poverty reduction and Social development.
  • Labour markets, human capital and inequality.

The initiative DAC Network is a unique international forum “where experts from development co-operation agencies meet to define common approaches in support of gender equality and women’s rights” ( OECD, 2015 ).

To promote gender equality and empower women is one of the 10 goal’s set by Millennium 2015, the United Nations Development Program in September 2010.

The Millennium’s Goals represent the global policy framework for the International Community, and also for the European Union.