The Gender Technical Group was created during the X Presidential Summit, held in the city of Paracas, Peru in 2015, with the aim of including the gender perspective as a cross-cutting element within the work of the Pacific Alliance.
Among its mandates we find:
Promote the incorporation of the gender perspective in the programs and activities of the Pacific Alliance;
Implement and develop positive actions such as programs that seek to incorporate women leaders in the export process;
Develop virtual platforms that foster a dialogue on gender and trade between member countries.
WHAT IS THE TRANSVERSALIZATION OF THE GENDER PERSPECTIVE?
According to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, mainstreaming the gender perspective is understood as “the process of assessing the implications for men and women of any action that is planned, whether it be legislation, policies or programs, in all areas and at all levels. It is a strategy to ensure that the concerns and experiences of women, as well as those of men, are an integral part in the elaboration, implementation, control and evaluation of policies and programs in all political, economic spheres and social, so that women and men can benefit from them equally and inequality is not perpetuated. The ultimate goal of integration is to achieve gender equality”.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) reinforces the importance of applying the gender approach and notes that “it is not simply to add a “female component” or a “gender equality component” to an existing activity. It is also more than increasing the participation of women. It means incorporating the experience, knowledge and interests of women and men to carry out the development program”.