Gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030, for gender equality in migration and integration Wednesday April 7th, 2021
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Slovenia’s national resolution on gender mainstreaming holds important priorities that are essential for the achievement of Agenda 2030, yet in its implementation it does not comply fully with the gender-responsive implementation of Agenda 2030. This can be reflected in the integration measures of migrants in Slovenia. Gender mainstreaming is not systematically employed in the current integration measures. The integration measures of migrants in Slovenia are still “equality on paper” with their inconsistencies addressed by NGOs. The establishment of the national council for integration of foreigners is a good step, yet its role has still not been defined or strengthened in practice. Further, the representation in this council is addressing geographical balance and not.
taking into consideration gender-balanced representation. In order to maintain gender equality improvementsin Slovenia, the government shall take concrete actions to assess gender inequalities and vulnerabilities amongmigrant communities in Slovenia. A knowledge society without stereotypes is one of the priorities in the Slovenianresolution for gender mainstreaming. Case studies show that the patriarchal model and culturally harmful viewson women exist among migrant groups with similar views in their home countries. Research also shows thatstereotyping migrant women as passive and oppressed fuel xenophobia and discrimination. Therefore, a holisticapproach toward gender sensitivity learning shall be enhanced in order to combat stereotypes based on genderand ethnicity.
Cultural norms and gender roles impose burdens on women in general, including migrant women as well. TheKnowledge Society without stereotypes is one of the priorities of the Slovenian national program for equalopportunities between women and men 2015-2020. Cultures are diverse, though gender-based discriminationis a universal issue, and not only associated to a certain group or culture. Therefore, educational programs tocombat gender inequalities should be compatible with the needs and realities in each culture and society, includingsubsocieties. Promoting stereotypes against migrant women as submissive and oppressed fuels discriminationand xenophobia against them. Therefor gender sensitivity learning and intercultural learning should be addressedin integration programs and should be directed to both hosting societies and migrant populations.