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'Gender mainstreaming' was defined by the United Nations Economic and Social Council in 1997 as 'a strategy for making women's as well as men’s concerns and experiences an integral dimension of the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres so that women and men benefit equally and inequality is not perpetuated.' 

UNDP promotes gender equality through gender mainstreaming. The organization's corporate strategy on gender is designed to integrate the promotion of women's empowerment and equality fully in the organization's core business. The strategy calls for gender mainstreaming to become everyone's job – not the responsibility of a small number of specialists. 



Though Belarus has achieved a high level of gender equality, women are still under-represented at the decision-making level in all spheres: politics, civil service, business, science, mass media, etc. UNDP works to secure real access to the sphere of decision-making for Belarusian women by carrying out special educational programmes, aiding in the development gender-mainstreamed legislation, and influencing public opinion to foster a more conducive social environment for active women.


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