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  • European Standardization Organizations

    Gender & standards in European standardization

    Deborah Wautier, Project Manager Engagement

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    The European Standardization System

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    Inclusive, transparent and consensus-based for the past 60 years; interacting with national and international stakeholders

    National

    European

    International

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     Influential role of Standards in our society

     CEN-CENELEC Strategy 2030  Stakeholders' engagement for a better understanding of user needs  An inclusive CEN-CENELEC system as the gateway for

    standardization in Europe

     Inclusive is the standard  Design for All ; Gender Action Plan; Societal Stakeholders Group;

    SMEs Working Group; Standards4Innovation;…

    Inclusiveness as a core value of the ESS

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     CEN-CENELEC signed the UNECE Declaration for Gender Responsive Standards and Standards Development (May 2019) More than 20 Members are also individual signatories

     CEN-CENELEC Members’ survey (July 2019)

     CEN-CENELEC Gender Action Plan (November 2019)

    Gender Responsive Standards Initiative

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    Goal: Sharing of experiences  Success stories & best practices about gender

    inclusive standardization system  Challenges faced by experts to create gender

    responsive standards, or participate in the standards development environments at national, European or international level

     Results used as basis for developing CEN-CENELEC Gender Action Plan proposal

    CEN-CENELEC Members’ survey

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     Promotion of the UNECE Declaration and its signature  Implementation of Gender Action Plan (as such or included within

    general strategy)  Dedicated group (creation or already-existing)  Building network and participation in targeted initiatives/civil society

    organizations gathering women professionals of various sectors  Monitoring other platforms dealing with this issue and sharing

    information and good practices  Creation of new & more inclusive communication materials (magazine,

    newsletters, publications,…)  Use of gender-responsive vocabulary (e.g. titles (Mr., Ms.,…))  Raising awareness: Communication campaigns to promote

    inclusivity and diversity, with concrete examples of why it is important  Participation in events (stand or speaker) on gender equality or

    women empowerment  Ensuring gender-balanced panels at events organized by NSB/NC  …

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    General actions

    Good practices from our members: Action plan already established or intended to be

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     Foster the participation of women in the development of standards: promotion of the role and benefits of standardization and how to get involved

     Gender-balanced representation at national technical level (TC Chairs and Secretaries)

     Collection and analysis of sex-disaggregated data (national TC experts & sectors tendencies)

     Training and awareness raising at national technical level (TC Chairs + Secretaries); Organization of round tables/seminars to raise awareness on gender-responsive standards

     Participation in projects/initiatives for inclusive standards  Use of gender-responsive vocabulary  Development of guidelines/checking-tool to be used in standards drafting and

    reviewing processes, in collaboration with the European and international levels  Gender-balanced representation within the NSB/NC, incl. top management

    level, promoted in national annual reports  National HR inclusive hiring policies  …

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    Good practices from our members: Action plan already established or intended to be

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    Challenges faced by experts to create gender responsive standards, or in the standards development environments at national, European or international level

     Lack of valid sex-disaggregated data used in the standards development process

     Lack of understanding of the importance and need for gender-inclusiveness within the Standardization community

     Lack of gender-specific sensitivity in the process of drafting standards; Complexity of creating gender-responsive standards

     Lack of women experts from various sectors  Lack of gender-balanced representation in standard-making

    environments (e.g. TCs, WGs,…)  Lack of resources to raise awareness, need of a

    comprehensive strategy at all 3 levels  …

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     Based on the priorities identified by CEN and CENELEC members via the online survey

     Inspired by CEN and CENELEC Members’ good practices and action examples

     Targeted actions, spread over a 3-year agile plan

     Focus: Sharing of information & Collaboration

     Approved in November 2019

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    CEN-CENELEC Gender Action Plan

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    CEN-CENELEC Gender Action Plan YEAR 1

    2020 - 2021  Establish an informal coordination group open to all interested Members  Collect and share best practices of gender inclusive projects from

    Members  Promote an inclusive and gender-responsive standardization system

    YEAR 2 & 3 2021 – 2023

     Assess the uptake of the UNECE declaration and evaluate the work of the 1st year of implementation to further develop the action plan

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    Informal Gender Coordination Group  Kicked-off in April 2020  Open to all CEN and CENELEC Members; Encouraged to

    nominate a man and a woman  Raising awareness for European Standardization Community  Exchange views, ideas, experience and best practices  Ensure the link between activities at national and

    international levels to avoid duplication and boost collaboration and aligned & complementary outcomes (ISO, IEC, UNECE,…)

     Collaborations & Joint actions

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    CEN-CENELEC Gender Action Plan: Parallel continuous activities

    In addition, CEN-CENELEC continue to actively participate in European initiatives gathering women professionals of sectors of interests for CEN-CENELEC:

     Women4Cyber (Cybersecurity)  WeClub (Energy)  UNECE WP.6 (Working Party on Regulatory

    Cooperation and Standardization Policies)

     Support the UNECE declaration & Gender Action Plan

     Increase participation of women in the CEN and CENELEC activities in those 2 key priority sectors

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    https://ecs-org.eu/working-groups/news/women4cyber https://www.womenergyclub.eu/ http://www.unece.org/trade/wp6/welcome.html

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    Deborah Wautier – Project Manager Engagement dwautier@cencenelec.eu

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    Gender & standards in European standardization The European Standardization System Inclusiveness as a core value of the ESS Gender Responsive Standards Initiative CEN-CENELEC Members’ survey Slide Number 6 Slide Number 7 Challenges faced by experts to create gender responsive standards, or in the standards development environments at national, European or international level CEN-CENELEC Gender Action Plan CEN-CENELEC Gender Action Plan Informal Gender Coordination Group CEN-CENELEC Gender Action Plan: Parallel continuous activities Thank you

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