How the commitment to mainstreaming ageing has evolved over time

As an overall concept, a historical prototype of mainstreaming can be traced back to the 1997/2 ECOSOC conclusions that defined mainstreaming in the context of gender. The conclusion stated: “Mainstreaming of gender is the process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and all levels. It is 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 policies and programmes in all political, economic and societal spheres so that men and women benefit equally, and inequality is not perpetuated. The ultimate goal is to achieve gender equality….”.

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