Restricted call for proposals - Support for national actions for equality between women and men, in particular in economic decision-making JUST/2012/PROG/AG/GE Closed!


This call for proposals aims to support national actors in promoting equality between women and men, to improve gender mainstreaming in the policies and programmes of the PROGRESS participating countries, and to achieve the objectives defined in the Commission's Strategy for equality between women and men and the European Pact for Gender Equality.

Although other themes of the Commission’s Strategy for equality between women and men are not excluded, funding under this call will be allocated in priority to proposals dealing with gender equality in economic decision-making. The European Commission aims to provide under this call for proposals financial support to PROGRESS participating countries so that they implement concrete measures to promote balanced representation of women and men in positions of management and leadership at the various levels of the hierarchy in private and public companies in all sectors.


The actions to be funded under this call for proposals may include the following activities:

  • developing and/or identifying and/or disseminating strategies, mechanisms and tools (databases, etc...) to promote the balanced participation of women and men in the areas mentioned above;
  • improving the knowledge on the gender dimension in business leadership in particular through studies;
  • exchanging experiences and good practice, promoting networking among key actors at national and European level;
  • encouraging the private sector to strengthen the presence of women at all decision-making levels of companies, including the adoption of equality plans and measures to promote mentoring, coaching, networking and ‘role models’;
  • raising awareness and encouraging women to advance their careers and to become candidates for positions of responsibility in decision-making bodies;
  • developing, launching and promoting public campaigns to raise awareness among the social partners, companies and citizens of the benefits for the entire society of balanced participation of women and men in decision-making (economic and business case).

European community funding

The Community provisional funding available for the call for proposals is:

  • 2,60 Million EUR (Orientation of the budget)

All the important deadlines

  • 09 January 2013 - 8 years ago (Deadline for the presentation of proposals)

Further information about the call

Official webpage of the call

Useful documents

  • Call fiche JUST/2012/PROG/AG/GE (Guidelines for applicants)

Organisations eligible to participate

Opened to the following bodies or institutes with legal status established in the covered areas:

  • Public authorities (all)
  • Non-governmental organization
  • Universities
  • Regional authorities
  • Local authorities

Covered areas

Bodies or institutes must have their registered legal seat in one of the countries taking part in the Programme which are:

  • European Union (EU)
  • Candidate Countries
  • European Economic Area (EEA)
  • Third countries
  • European Free Trade Association (EFTA)

Directorate-Generale responsible

Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities

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