Having explained the key items in Step 1 – Getting started for GEPsGB design, let’s now have a look at some examples from LeTSGEPS partners.

UNIME started the process by analysing the already existing UNIME gender-based policies and evaluating how they could be
implemented within the GEPGB methodology in accordance with Italian law. UNIME gender-based policies are described as a rule in the ‘Positive Actions Plan’ (PAP), designed and implemented by the CUG (the Equal Opportunities Committee) and the Pro-rector for Welfare and Gender Policy.

MPI-BI: The advantage MPI-BI had was at the level of the whole Max Planck Society, where standards for GEPs were already in place and thus led into the direction of GEPGB (e.g., analysis of payment groups, bonuses, reimbursement of costs for travel, conference participation, advanced training, etc.). For this reason, implementing a GEP with a GB analysis was seen as a natural development of what was already regarded as a ‘normal’ Gender Equality (GE) data analysis and was relatively easy to facilitate. The step-by-step approach was very helpful.

UT starting point was understanding the legal framework regarding GE in Albania, especially in the education field, and gender mainstreaming in the gender cycle. The context analysis pointed out several gaps starting with the lack of statistical data disaggregated by sex and gender according to the ISCED and institutional policies, structures, regulations and culture on GE and GB.
UT  also organised several activities to get familiar with the GEP and GB concepts and start to raise awareness in the institution. For this reason, they engaged colleagues with expertise in GE (especially from the Faculty of Social Sciences, CSOs, and international donors in Albania, such as the UN, etc.). They  asked them to participate in national events with stakeholders outside the UT and in training sessions. During these activities, the UT LeTSGEPs team also approached potential allies among the representatives of public institutions, such as the National Agency for Research and Innovation in charge of assisting RPOs located in Albania for the design of GEPGB, as well as researchers and CSOs interested in being involved in activities related to GE issues.

MISANU: The starting point, before creating a GEPGB strategy, was to secure access to relevant data, i.e., to get the support of the Director and administrative office responsible for data. To that end, the team prepared an elaborated Data Management Plan (DMP) that considered privacy, confidentiality, and other legal and ethical issues. If you have a DMP, data providers can be sure that their data will be treated in an accountable and responsible way.

LeTSGEPs Handbook is available in open access here in English and in the national languages of LeTSGEPs partners (Albanian, French, German, Italian, Serbian, Spanish). There is also a version in English for people with visual impairments, so that nobody is left behind.