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Promoting gender equality in public procurement

Dec 15, 2020 | Opinions

(15 December 2020) – The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) recently awarded a contract to AEIDL to raise awareness and build capacity of institutions and public buyers on how to use public procurement to promote gender equality.

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Promoting gender equality is one of the objectives of the EU and this also concerns public procurement, which represents 14% of the EU’s gross domestic product.

When public authorities purchase goods, works and services from third parties, they can and should design public procurement processes in a way that promotes gender equality (this is called Gender-Responsive Public Procurement – GRPP).

One concrete example: in a contract for uniforms, a public authority examines the entire supply chain to ensure that all workers receive a fair wage (e.g. by applying fair trade principles), human and employment rights are respected, and that the uniforms are suitable and comfortable for both male and female employees to wear.

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